While not everyone has their wisdom teeth removed, it has become a very common practice. Generally, it is recommended that you check in with your dentist about wisdom teeth removal when you are between 16 and 19 years old. Wisdom teeth usually begin erupting (coming in) around age 17-25, so it is a good idea to assess your unique needs before they come in.
Also, if your wisdom teeth are causing you any pain or other problems, it is important to discuss the possibility of wisdom teeth removal with your dentist. By the time you are 30, if your wisdom teeth are healthy and have come in properly, you probably won’t have a problem with them as long as you maintain proper oral hygiene like daily brushing and flossing and regular dental cleanings and exams.
Here are some things to consider if you are pondering whether or not wisdom teeth removal is right for you:
- Your wisdom teeth are generally easier to remove when you are younger (under 20) because your bones and teeth roots are not fully formed. Younger people tend to heal more quickly, as well.
- In certain situations, allowing your wisdom teeth to even partially erupt can cause issues. Your other teeth can become damaged or misaligned if you don’t have room for your wisdom teeth. Cysts can form in your gums, damaging the jaw and causing you pain. Increased gum inflammation and disease can also result if your wisdom teeth partially erupt but are unable to fully erupt due to limited space.
Wisdom teeth removal is generally a fairly straightforward and quick procedure. Talk to your dentist about whether or not wisdom teeth removal is the right course of action for you or your children.