Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars at the back of your mouth. When they come in, they can cause problems. The presence of these teeth is often first diagnosed in an X-ray. And while tooth extractions are common with wisdom teeth, they’re not always necessary. Below you can find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about these molars.
4 FAQs About Wisdom Teeth
When Do People Get Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth usually erupt during the late teen years or in the early twenties. However, some people develop them as a pre-teen or as an older adult. Often, the presence of wisdom teeth will be noticed in an X-ray before they make their appearance and erupt through the gums.
Do All Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Extracted?
Wisdom teeth can erupt just like any other teeth in your mouth and function regularly. A wisdom tooth can be left alone if it’s not expected to cause problems. You may even have buried wisdom teeth that don’t need to be extracted.
When Do Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed?
Wisdom teeth tend to cause problems because there’s often not enough space for them to come in. A wisdom tooth may also come in crooked or put pressure on adjacent teeth. Finally, there may be an infection or tooth decay around a partially erupted tooth. Your dentist will discuss the need for a tooth extraction if there is a problem.
How Are Wisdom Teeth Removed?
If a wisdom tooth fully erupts, your dentist can perform a tooth extraction to remove it. However, in partially exposed, unerupted, or impacted wisdom teeth, it’s necessary to cut the gums and jawbone in that area to remove the tooth. For these reasons, wisdom teeth removal is a little more extensive than regular tooth extractions. It also requires stitches and a period of rest after the procedure.
It’s possible that you require a tooth extraction after your wisdom teeth come in. Brian Perelmuter, DMD, PC can help you make the decision that’s best for you. With over 20 years of experience and the latest technology at his fingertips, this dentist has your best interest at heart. He offers regular dental services, including crowns and root canals. Most importantly, patients trust him and his team, because they care about their patients. Visit the website for more information or call (203) 729-3323 to make an appointment for a checkup at their office in Naugatuck, CT.