All About Wisdom Teeth: Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?

I’d like to be able to tell you that wisdom teeth really do bring wisdom but unfortunately they just come with age. Wisdom teeth are unlike the other teeth you develop in your early years. Instead of developing before or at birth like other teeth they begin to develop about the age of seven.

Most people have their final set of molars – wisdom teeth – come in during their late teen years or early twenties. With regular dental visits, your dentist will be able to watch them develop over the early to late teen years and monitor their growth. With the use of panoramic x-rays, they can determine if there is a risk or need for removal. If your dentist believes there is a risk for complication they will refer you to an oral surgeon who will likely recommend having them removed sooner rather than later. Early removal can help decrease the recovery time and risk of complications. It is also less painful to have them removed early while the tooth roots are less developed and dense.

When wisdom teeth should be removed

Misalignment: Sometimes your 3rd set of molars can be aligned in the wrong direction. They may be growing toward your cheek or tongue. They may be impacted and cause damage to your 2nd set of molars as they push into the roots or maybe they are growing towards your jaw.

Trapped: Your wisdom teeth may be growing in the proper direction but may stay trapped in the jaw bone.

Partial eruption: This occurs when your wisdom tooth has partially pushed through the gum tissue and not fully erupted.  This leaves the gum tissue susceptible to infection and increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

The wisdom teeth should always be removed if any of the above conditions arise. They can cause many complications and a lifetime of damage and pain. They can cause harm to roots of surrounding molars, misalignment of the 2nd molar or loss to other teeth. Cysts can form and damage the jaw bone, teeth and nerves or even develop into a tumor. Impacted wisdom teeth removal cost shouldn’t keep you from proper dental health!

If you or your child begins to have red, tender, bleeding or swollen gums behind the second set of molars you should have a dentist examine the area. Complications from wisdom teeth can also cause jaw pain, bad breath, and an ill taste in mouth.

If you don’t have a regular dentist for yourself or your child we would love the opportunity to help you get to optimal health. Send us a message or give us a call and an experienced Middlesex, NJ dentist will help get you scheduled!