Your child is growing up. They are learning more adult skills, they are becoming more independent, and they think they know everything! Well, if they still have their wisdom teeth, they—and maybe you—may not know yet that wisdom teeth can damage their smile’s health and appearance. But how? Why would extracting their wisdom teeth be a wise choice? What could happen if you didn’t have them removed? Answer all your questions here!
What are wisdom teeth?
The last teeth to arrive are your third molars, commonly referred to as wisdom teeth because they arrive at a more mature age. Usually occurring between ages 17 and 21, wisdom teeth can either become an issue or come through nicely and help you chew even better. However, more often than not, they need to be extracted.
Why do many wisdom teeth need to be extracted?
Wisdom teeth may need to be pulled if there isn’t sufficient space in the mouth or if they come through in the wrong position. If wisdom teeth are not extracted when they need to be, it could lead to partial or full impaction, where the wisdom teeth become trapped in the jawbone. When this occurs, bacteria have a place to wreak havoc with infections in the gums or cavities. Impacted wisdom teeth can also form a cyst that could damage the roots of the surrounding teeth and the supporting bone.
Even if your wisdom teeth do come in at the right angle, wisdom teeth could lead to severe overcrowding in your smile, making it difficult to floss between teeth and making cavities and gum disease more likely.
In what situations would wisdom teeth not need to be extracted?
If none of these ill effects have occurred, then it may not be necessary to remove your wisdom teeth. However, they should still be monitored because they could potentially cause problems later down the road. As long as you have room in your mouth, they come in properly, and you exercise good oral health practices and regular dental visits, you could avoid the need to extract your wisdom teeth.
How do I know if my child’s wisdom teeth need to be extracted?
The best way for you to know if your child needs to have their wisdom teeth extracted is to schedule a consultation with your dentist—if they haven’t already pointed it out to you during their regular dental visit. Your dentist will be able to conduct a thorough examination and help you determine the right course of action for you and your child.
You would do anything to protect your child and keep them smiling as they go through their teenage and early adult years. One bit of wisdom you can pass on to them is to turn to a trusted expert for advice on their health. Although it is more common to need wisdom teeth extraction, your dentist can provide the best insight for your child’s specific situation. For more information about wisdom teeth extraction, contact your family dentist.
About the Author
Dr. John Keadle has over 20 years of dentistry experience and has travelled to over 25 countries to learn and teach about dental implant surgery and restoration. He and the staff at New Smile Carolina are highly trained to handle any procedure and will ensure that patients fully understand their treatment options. To schedule an appointment, you can contact them by calling (704) 639-1330 or clicking here.