At What Age Should Wisdom Teeth be Extracted?

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Wisdom teeth, also known as your third set of molars, generally appear during your teens or early adult years. They are notorious for causing pain and affecting the alignment of your other teeth. In addition, our mouths are really only big enough for our 28 original teeth – and don’t have room for the 4 molars that come in later in life.

The American Association for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) recommends that wisdom teeth should be extracted before the roots are fully formed, which typically occurs between ages 13 and 20. Bel Air, MD residents, should have wisdom teeth extraction performed as teens or young adults – before they begin causing one of the following problems:

  • Your Wisdom Teeth Are Causing You Pain

As you have probably already heard, wisdom teeth can cause serious pain when they are erupting through the gum or impacted (meaning they’re blocked from erupting either by other teeth or the jawbone). Not only do wisdom teeth cause localized pain, but they can also cause jaw pain and headaches. your wisdom teeth are causing pain, it’s time to visit The Maryland Center for Oral Surgery and Dental Implants in Bel Air, MD for wisdom teeth extraction.

  • Your Mouth is Swollen Because of Your Wisdom Teeth

When your wisdom teeth are erupting, they can cause swelling in your gums, jaw, and cheeks. The swelling may be mild, or extremely noticeable. If you are experiencing swelling because of your wisdom teeth, it’s time to consider wisdom teeth extraction.

  • Your Gums Are Bleeding Because Your Wisdom Teeth Are Erupting

It probably makes sense that when your wisdom teeth are erupting and cutting through your gums that your gums are going to bleed. But, did you know that when your wisdom teeth are cutting through your gums, you are at a higher risk for a bacterial infection? One of the telltale signs of an infection is if your breath smells bad, even right after you have brushed your teeth. If you are experiencing bleeding gums because of your wisdom teeth, and you have bad breath that just won’t go away, you likely already have an infection. Call The Maryland Center for Oral Surgery and Dental Implants in Bel Air, MD to schedule a wisdom teeth extraction immediately.

  • Your Wisdom Are Causing Crowding

As we mentioned earlier, our mouths really only have room for 28 adult teeth. Our ancestors – who didn’t have access to today’s modern dental care – lost teeth in their youth and early adult years, and needed these additional teeth to chew, bite and eat food. Today, wisdom teeth are largely unnecessary and there is rarely enough room for them to fully erupt into place. This means when wisdom teeth come in, they cause crowding, often misaligning your smile. If your wisdom teeth are coming in and pushing your other teeth out of alignment, it’s time to consider wisdom teeth extraction at the Bel Air, MD office of The Maryland Center for Oral Surgery and Dental Implants.

  • Your Wisdom Teeth Are Impacted

When your wisdom teeth are impacted, they’re unable to erupt because they are blocked either by the jawbone or other teeth. This causes a different type of pain, and an increased risk for infection, cysts and even tumors. If your dentist has determined that your wisdom teeth are impacted, you’ll want to visit the Bel Air, MD office of The Maryland Center for Oral Surgery and Dental Implants for wisdom teeth extraction.

Call Us Today to Schedule Your Appointment

If you’re ready for wisdom teeth extraction, don’t spend another day in pain.

Contact our Bel Air, MD office today to schedule your extraction at (410) 838-7301.