On August 12, 2016
The wisdom teeth are the last ones to form, they erupt outside the gum approximately around the age of 17 and 22, but if there isn’t enough space in the mouth to fit them or if these molars come in a bad position (inclined) it could cause a lot of discomfort and pain. The most common problems caused by wisdom teeth in a bad position are cavities, either on them or on the tooth next to it, infection, bad breath, gum and crowded teeth problems. Also for being in the back of the mouth brushing becomes more complicating which favours bacteria to accumulate.
In my experience I recommend to extract these molars between the age of 16 and 24, because at this age the roots are less developed and the complications are minimal when removing them. Besides being young the tissue heals up better than when you are an adult.
The way we evaluate how your wisdom teeth are doing is with a routine consultation, where we take an X ray which we’ll be able to determine if it’s better to keep the tooth or extract it.
If your molars comes in a good position we can do a routine extraction, if the molars comes inclined or blocked by bone, an oral surgery needs to be done.
Wisdom teeth are unpredictable and can cause discomfort at any moment, taking a pain killer will only make it better momentarily, it is better to take away the pain by its root.