When do wisdom teeth need to be removed?

The average age for wisdom teeth to erupt is between the ages of 17 and 25. Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to erupt in the mouth. Wisdom teeth erupt at different times, and when they erupt is different for each patient. Wisdom teeth can cause crowding for those patients that have a smaller mouth. If the wisdom teeth do not have enough room, patients must seek professional help to have them removed.

During our regular dental exams we monitor each patient’s wisdom teeth between the ages of 16 to 19 years old. X-rays are taken, and we use the x-rays to watch the wisdom teeth closely. If we notice the wisdom teeth cannot properly erupt or are causing issues with other permanent teeth in the mouth, we may recommend you get them removed. On average, patients have their wisdom teeth removed between the ages of 17 and 25. As we get older wisdom teeth can cause various problems, and removing them helps prevent future issues.

Common reasons wisdom teeth are removed

  • Teeth are crowded and more room is needed
  • Wisdom teeth are infected
  • Wisdom teeth are causing pain in the gums or mouth
  • Wisdom teeth are impacted and stuck underneath the gums. This keeps the teeth from erupting properly.

What is the process for wisdom teeth removal?

The procedure for wisdom teeth removal is relatively simple. Overall the process typically takes 45 minutes, and local or general anesthesia is used in our office to keep patients pain free and comfortable.

During the removal procedure we may need to cut into the gum tissue to be able to remove the wisdom teeth. If needed, stitches are used that will dissolve in a few days. We pack the area with gauze pads to help with any fluid, and this should subside shortly after we complete the surgery.

After the surgery, patients may have some sensitivity or pain around the area, but this should go away after a few days. We will discuss the post-surgery instructions and how to care for your mouth at home after the procedure. We do recommend patients bring a family member or friend with you to the surgery to ensure you get home safely.

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