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Wisdom Teeth FAQ

Common questions about wisdom teeth removal

WHY SHOULD I HAVE MY WISDOM TEETH REMOVED?

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not generally happen. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum, and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to successfully erupt. These poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems. When they partially erupt, the opening around the teeth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection.

WHAT IS THE AGE RANGE FOR WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL?

Wisdom teeth typically develop between the ages of 17 to 25. Not everyone will need to remove their wisdom teeth if the oral structure grows in completely. We always suggest coming in as soon as possible to check on the possibility of removing your wisdom teeth.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON’T HAVE THEM REMOVED?

The reason we remove wisdom teeth is to prevent them from damaging other healthy teeth. Often, wisdom teeth erupt perpendicularly to the teeth next door (your second molars). When wisdom teeth come in sideways like this, it throws off your bite, creates an area where food gets caught, decays both of the teeth, and can even cause a painful infection. So, if you skip the surgery sooner than later, it’s likely to cause complications and issues down the road.

HOW LONG IS WISDOM TEETH RECOVERY TIME?

Typically about one week. Occasionally, it’ll take as short as four days to recover, but that’s usually just for straightforward surgery cases with no impaction or other complications. Your recovery time will depend on how well you take care of yourself, such as following the doctor’s instructions and maintaining a healthy diet.