Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars, which start coming in between the ages of 17 and 25 in most people. Unfortunately, the arrival of these teeth often brings problems. About 5 million patients each year need to have one or more wisdom teeth extracted.
Most people choose to have their wisdom teeth removed between the ages of 15 and 25 when their tooth roots are not fully developed and their jaw bone is not as dense.
Our dentist will perform a thorough examination and diagnostic tests such as x-rays or a CT scan to see whether your wisdom teeth should be removed. There are several reasons why you may want to have your wisdom teeth extracted. Here are some typical reasons why:
Your jaw may not be large enough for the wisdom teeth to emerge from under the gums.
The wisdom teeth are coming through the gums only partway or are coming in at an awkward angle, which can lead to infection.
The impacted wisdom teeth are damaging the jaw bone or other teeth.
Whether it’s aimed at preventing future problems or to alleviate an existing condition, the extraction of wisdom teeth can be an effective treatment. Our dentists will be happy to talk to you about any questions you have.
At Richmond Smile Center, we know understanding the foundation of good oral health can set you up for a lifelong healthy mouth. Request an appointment today to receive a wisdom tooth extractions consultation from our clinical team.