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When’s the Best Time to Get Wisdom Teeth Removed?

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Wisdom teeth don’t actually make you smarter. They’re named for the stage of life that they usually emerge during: early adulthood. Around that time, many of us will need to have them pulled. But it’s different for everyone. To learn when you or your child may expect to have to get them removed, keep reading.

What’s the Best Time to Get Wisdom Teeth Removed

As with just about any health concern, there’s not a one-size-fits-all solution to wisdom teeth. We see the teeth erupt on a variety of timelines, and not everyone needs theirs removed. So it’ll ultimately be up to your dentist to advise as to when yours need to go. Generally, though, wisdom teeth usually emerge when one is between the age of 17 and 25, and there are a number of signs to look for that signal that the third molars may need to go.

Why Get Wisdom Teeth Removed

There are a few different reasons why most of us get our wisdom teeth removed soon after, or even before they ever appear. If wisdom teeth cannot emerge normally, they become impacted which can cause damage, infection, or a cyst. Sometimes wisdom teeth will emerge partially, creating the opportunity for gum disease or infection. And even when the teeth do emerge fully, they can go on to cause problems like shifting the smile and causing damage to the other teeth. Your dentist will notice and monitor any changes in this area every six months at your routine visits, but remember to bring any persistent pain or discomfort to our attention in between visits should it occur.

Wisdom Teeth Removal in Edgewater, Maryland

Wisdom teeth extractions are a routine surgery performed often here at Edgewater Dental Arts. If you think it’s time for yours to go, let’s get going with a consultation. Give us a call or visit our website to book a trip to our office.

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John Cutting, DMD is an Annapolis dentist experienced in all aspects of dentistry. He provides complete care from general dentistry to cosmetic and restorative dentistry in his conveniently located and comfortable office, Edgewater Dental Arts.