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What Age Do Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed?

Woman smiling while oral surgeon talksWisdom teeth are the third and last set of molars to fill in between the ages of 18 and 21. Most wisdom teeth are misaligned; they usually grow horizontally. When they have no room to grow, they push onto other teeth, which causes overcrowding and misalignment. Not everyone’s jaw is big enough to house wisdom teeth, so most dentists recommend getting them removed in early adulthood.

Signs You Need Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

Impacted wisdom teeth can cause discomfort, jaw stiffness, and harm your oral health. Here are the signs that it’s time to get your wisdom teeth removed:

Jaw Pain and Discomfort

Wisdom teeth push onto other teeth, putting immense pressure on your jaw. You might also feel limitations while opening and moving your mouth.

Swollen Gums

Wisdom teeth can cause inflammation around the gums, making them turn red, swollen, and tender. They can emerge sideways, inward, outward, toward, and away from your molars.

These positions can inflame the gum tissue, causing a lot of discomfort and pain.

Cysts Developing in Your Mouth

If you ignore wisdom teeth for an extended period, the sacs of fluid can form cysts that can damage the jaw bone, nerves, and teeth.

Bad Breath

Bacteria can release compounds with a strong foul odor, resulting in bad breath or a constant bad taste in the mouth.

An Overcrowded Feeling in Your Mouth

When wisdom teeth have no room to grow, they put pressure on the surrounding teeth, trying to displace them. This can cause the gum and jaw to swell along with a crowded feeling in your mouth. You may also find yourself frequently biting your tongue and cheek.

What Is the Best Age to Have Your Wisdom Teeth Extracted?

Most people get their wisdom teeth extracted in their late teens or early twenties. There’s no perfect and ideal age at which you should have your wisdom teeth removed because everyone is built differently. But it is recommended to get them removed in early adulthood to be safe from the discomforting and painful symptoms you might experience after ignoring them for an extended period.

Getting them extracted at an early age is recommended because when you are younger, your jaw bone is softer, which makes the healing process quicker and easier.

Everyone wants to keep their teeth and not have issues if possible. However, if wisdom teeth are causing infections, gum disease, jaw stiffness, and other painful symptoms, you should consider getting them extracted.

Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed Today

No matter how old you are when you get your wisdom teeth extracted, we at [[[CLIENTX:PracticeName]]] provide an excellent experience by using sedation dentistry in the form of anesthesia or laughing gas for all wisdom teeth extraction procedures.

We aim to increase the access to premium oral health that every individual deserves. Call at (480) 604-2592 today to:
•  Protect nearby teeth.
•  Reduce the risk of gum disease and infection.
•  Avoid overcrowding.
•  Avoid jaw function limitations to be able to eat your favorite foods.
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