When do I need my wisdom teeth removed?

Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to erupt in the mouth. The average age for wisdom teeth to erupt is anywhere between the ages of 17 and 25. Every person may have their wisdom teeth erupt at a different time. Many people tend to have a smaller mouth and this can contribute to an issue with their wisdom teeth. If the wisdom teeth do not have enough room, patients must seek professional help.

As part of our dental exam we monitor patient’s wisdom teeth between the ages of 16 to 19 years old. X-rays are used to watch the wisdom teeth and determine a course of action. If the wisdom teeth cannot properly erupt or are causing issues, we may recommend you get them removed. The average age wisdom teeth should be removed is between the ages of 17 and 25. As we age, wisdom teeth can cause issues and removing them prevents any futures issues from occurring.

Common reasons wisdom teeth are removed

  • Wisdom teeth are causing pain in the gums or mouth
  • Teeth are crowded and more room is needed
  • Infection is present in or around the wisdom teeth
  • Wisdom teeth are impacted or stuck underneath the gums, and cannot erupt properly

What to expect during wisdom teeth removal?

If you have been recommended for wisdom tooth extraction, the procedure is relatively simple. The overall process takes around 45 minutes and local or general anesthesia is used in our office to keep patients comfortable and pain free.

During the procedure, we may need to cut into the gums to remove the wisdom teeth. If needed, stitches are used and will dissolve in a few days. Gauze pads are provided around the area to help with any fluid, but this should subside shortly after the procedure is complete.

Patients may experience some pain or sensitivity after their wisdom teeth surgery, but this should subside after a few days. We will provide you with post-surgery instructions to take home as you recover. Bringing a family member or friend to drive you home is required to ensure you arrive safely to your destination.

If you are interested in finding out more about wisdom tooth removal, contact our office to schedule your consultation.