Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth (third molars) most often present in the mouth between the ages of 17-21 years old.  However, not every patient's jaw will accommodate the full eruption of wisdom teeth.  Even so, most patients have a difficult time keeping these back molars clean.  Inadequate cleaning of these molars can lead to cavities and infection.  Partially erupted wisdom teeth (part of tooth poking through gums) are even more susceptible to infection.

A special x-ray is taken to see the full root structure of wisdom teeth and a decision is made and discussed with the patient as to whether they should be removed.  Most often, it is ideal to have wisdom teeth removed at a younger age when the roots may not be fully developed and when the bone housing the wisdom teeth is less dense. 

It is beneficial to be proactive in removing certain wisdom teeth prior to a problem arising.