Wisdom teeth usually come in when people are in their late teens or even early 20’s. This third set of molars often become misaligned and cause damage to the teeth, jawbone, or nerves, not to mention they cause pain and discomfort in your mouth.
How do you know when you should have your wisdom teeth extracted?
Your oral surgeon can take an X-ray of your teeth to see whether or not your wisdom teeth have come in or how they are aligning as they form. Some surgeons will recommend that you have wisdom teeth extracted before they fully come in or cause problems. Earlier extraction can save you from having a more difficult and painful experience later on.
Wisdom teeth extraction is easier in younger people. Their wisdom teeth’s roots aren’t fully developed, so the bone isn’t as dense to remove. In older people, wisdom teeth extraction can be a little more difficult because of the denser bone, and time needed to heal tends to be longer.
If you’re getting into your early to mid 20’s and still haven’t had your wisdom teeth extracted, there’s no need to worry. Not everyone needs their wisdom teeth removed. Talking to your oral surgeon and asking for their recommendation is the best way to know what is right for you. Also, get regular check-ups to monitor any changes in your teeth.
For more information on wisdom teeth extraction in Raleigh, contact Davis Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center in Raleigh, or call 919-488-2194 to schedule a consultation.