Wisdom Teeth FAQ: When Should I Get My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Find out everything you need to know about wisdom teeth removal. Our Langley dental clinic can safely perform the procedure for you.

Many of our younger dental patients at Willow Dental Care Langley in Langley have a lot of questions and concerns in regards to their wisdom teeth. While a few teenagers are able to keep their wisdom teeth without problems, the majority of teenage dental patients will need to get their wisdom teeth extracted.

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the last to erupt in your mouth and usually this occurs between the late teens and early twenties. This youthful time of life has been referred to as the “Age of Wisdom” hence the name of this particular molar.

Anthropologists speculate that our early ancestors rough diet caused an enormous amount of wear of their teeth. Their teeth then drifted to compensate for the wear, making space for wisdom teeth to come in during adolescence.

Why do my wisdom teeth need to be removed?

In modern times our diet is significantly softer, along with the orthodontic tooth straightening popularity have developed a fuller dental arch, leaving no room for wisdom teeth to come in. This creates problems when the wisdom teeth erupt in the mouth.

Impacted wisdom teeth are very painful and can lead to infection, in addition they may damage adjacent teeth and roots. Despite the serious concern with regard to impacted wisdom teeth the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation as well as the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons confirm that wisdom teeth that are impacted are just as prone to disease as wisdom teeth that erupted in the mouth in an upright, normal position.

The question is often asked, “If my wisdom teeth don’t hurt, why must I get them removed?” The fact is not all problems caused by wisdom teeth are painful or visible. Whether you are aware of it or not, your wisdom teeth can cause serious damage.

When should I get my wisdom teeth removed?

The sooner your wisdom teeth are removed, the better. If you wait too long, the roots of your wisdom teeth become longer as they grow, making the wisdom teeth very complicated to remove. We can’t foresee what problems will occur as you age with your wisdom teeth in tact, however we do know it can be extremely painful, as well as more complicated to treat as you get older. It is a good idea to consult with the dental team at Willow Dental Care Langley to see whether your wisdom teeth need to be removed.

With sedation dentistry from Willow Dental Care, wisdom teeth removal is easier than ever. Sedation dentistry helps make procedures like wisdom teeth removal a comfortable and relaxing experience for all our patients who require it, especially those who suffer from dental anxiety.

Contact Willow Dental Care to book an appointment or to learn more about wisdom teeth removal.

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