Also known as the third molars, wisdom teeth are the final permanent molars to emerge into the mouth. Although they emerge at different ages and times for every one, these molars typically make their appearance between the ages of 17 and 19. Many people opt to have them removed because of a myriad of problems that these molars can cause.
The following symptoms can be reasons to choose to have an extraction sooner rather than later:
- Shifting or crowding of other molars
- Pain caused during molar eruption
- Jaw stiffness
- Pain or tension at the rear of your mouth
- Swollen or inflamed gums
If any of these symptoms are occurring, you may want to consider the option of extraction. The extraction process is quite simple and recovery may be easier the younger the patient.
Another reason to expedite the extraction process is if the molars are impacted. This can cause great pain and discomfort. An impacted molar is one that has not emerged and doesn’t appear to ever seem to emerge from the gums. This is often because of lack of space in the mouth. An impacted third molar can cause an intense amount of pain and lead to infection. Extraction at this point can help to prevent further complications.
Even if the wisdom teeth molars have emerged fully, there are still reasons that your dentist may recommend extraction as a preventative measure. Many children and adults do not have enough room in their mouths for this extra set of molars. This can cause a great amount of eventual discomfort as well as displacement of other teeth, causing shifting in the mouth as well as interference with a healthy bite. Shifting and overcrowding can lead to jaw pain and headaches, which can be avoided with extraction.
Because of the location of these teeth in the deep recesses of the mouth, they are also more prone to cavities and other oral health issues because they are difficult to clean properly.
If wisdom teeth eruptions have already begun, we can help you determine if teeth extractions are the next step for your child’s dental health.