Wisdom Tooth Extraction
What are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last set of teeth to emerge at the back of the mouth, closest to the throat. Most people have four wisdom teeth, one on each corner of the jaw, but not everyone does. They typically start to grow in between the ages of 17 and 25 years, which is why they are commonly referred to as "wisdom teeth."
When is the Best Time to Remove Wisdom Teeth in Children's and Family Dentistry?
If an x-ray shows that wisdom teeth are trying to develop but there is not enough space in the jaw, your dentist in children's and family dentistry will be able to determine the best time to remove them. However, many patients only realize they have developing wisdom teeth due to pain or swelling in the gums. Age is also a consideration when deciding when to remove wisdom teeth, but your dentist can determine that based on your particular case. Sometimes, they are also removed to prepare for orthodontic treatment for children and families.
Do all Wisdom Teeth Have to be Extracted
Not all wisdom teeth need to be removed; it depends on the dental situation of each individual patient. Wisdom teeth typically do not need to be removed if they are healthy, fully erupted (meaning they have grown in completely), positioned correctly, and bite properly with the opposing teeth on the upper or lower jaw, and can be properly cleaned and flossed as part of a patient's daily hygiene practices.
Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth in Children and Adults
- Pain in the jaw and side of the face
- Difficulty in opening the jaw
- Unpleasant taste when eating and bad breath
- Numbness in the jaw
- Bleeding gums
At Bamboo Dental, we are experienced in performing tooth extractions for children and families, and we strive to make the procedure as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Please call us at (905) 505-2061 to schedule an appointment with our skilled and compassionate team.
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