The third and last set of molars to erupt are referred to as your Wisdom teeth. Their development can vary greatly from patient to patient, and they can erupt anywhere between the ages of 14 to 30 years of age. Some people never get a full set of wisdom teeth.
If a patient has sufficient room in their jaw, and they grow in properly, there is often no need for them to be removed. However, quite often, they can cause problems, and dental extractions are required before they become riskier and more dangerous for the patient.
They should be considered for removal if they are causing damage to adjacent structures, showing signs that they will compromise your oral health, or causing pain. Quite often, your dentist will recognize that they will be an issue before they become one, and so will preventatively remove them before the roots are fully developed. This ensures that there will be less risk of surgery and damage to the adjacent structure, and it will ensure the fastest recovery possible.
If left alone, wisdom teeth that are not growing in ideally can cause various problems, including:
- Infections under the gum for partially erupted (Pericoronitis)
- Decay and infection due to the difficulty of keeping clean
- Infections inside the jaw bone
- Damage to adjacent teeth and crowding
- Cysts (fluid-filled sac) which could lead to major surgeries
Pathways Dental Clinic is here to assess the position and health of your wisdom teeth. If the best option is removal, we will thoroughly explain the process, answer any questions, and discuss our sedation options.