What Teenagers Should Know About Wisdom Teeth

Did you know that most people’s mouths are only big enough to hold about 28 teeth? That’s why the presence of wisdom teeth, which usually come in from ages 17-21, can be so problematic. Ultimately, many patients need to have their wisdom teeth extracted due to potential problems that can be caused, including infection, bone loss, gum disease, and other issues. If wisdom teeth need to be extracted, the process doesn’t have to be hard, and our team can help guide patients to the right decisions for treatment.

Watch the video below to learn what the American Dental Association has to say in regards to the treatment of wisdom teeth:

Transcript:

“Your mouth goes through many changes in your lifetime. One dental milestone is the appearance of your wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth, or the third molars, commonly come in around the ages of 17-21. These extra molars can be beneficial for chewing when they’re healthy and they come in at the right position. But problems can arise when the wisdom tooth doesn’t have enough space to come in, or is in the wrong position. When your dentist says that your wisdom teeth are impacted that means you’re trapped in the jaw, or under the gum. When wisdom teeth are poorly positioned, food may be trapped and give bacteria a place to grow. It can also be difficult to get all the way back to floss between the wisdom teeth and the molars next to them. Problematic wisdom teeth can lead to infection and can cause pain, swelling, and stiffness in your jaw. It can damage the roots of nearby teeth or destroy bone support around the teeth. Your dentist or specialist may suggest having the tooth removed if problems occur, or if it appears likely they will cause problems. Your dentist also may recommend removal of wisdom teeth as part of a treatment for braces, gum disease, or other dental care. Keep in mind, it’s normal to have a little discomfort when your wisdom teeth appear. If you have pain you should see your dentist immediately. Brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing once a day can help keep your mouth healthy. It’s also important to visit your dentist regularly to evaluate not just your wisdom teeth but your overall dental health. “

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