Tooth Topics: Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth. They are third molars, but they get their name by being the last teeth to come in during young adulthood, the time of life when kids gain maturity or “wisdom.” The majority of people have most of their permanent teeth by age 13. Your kids' wisdom teeth should come into your mouth between the ages of 17-21. Sometimes they do not have enough room to come in normally or are in the wrong position to come straight up. When that happens, we may refer to them as impacted, and they may have to be removed.

Not everyone’s teeth develop on the same schedule. That’s why it’s important to see us regularly so we can monitor the progress of your child's wisdom teeth. Every patient is unique, but in general, wisdom teeth may need to be removed when there is evidence of changes in the mouth such as: infection, pain, damage to adjacent teeth, gum disease, tooth decay (if it is not possible or desirable to restore the tooth), etc.

We may also recommend removing your wisdom teeth to prevent problems or for others reasons, such as when removal is part of getting braces, treating gums or other dental procedures.

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