If your wisdom teeth are growing in correctly, there is no need to have them removed, but it’s important to continue seeing your dentist for regular checkups in case the condition of your wisdom teeth ever changes. Everyone’s teeth grow at different rates, so regular dental exams can track the progress of your wisdom teeth and plan the best time for removal.
Most people’s wisdom teeth don’t finish coming in until ages 17–25, but the teeth can start developing beneath the gums as early as age 13. Most dental professionals recommend having wisdom teeth removed between the ages of 14 and 19, before the teeth grow in all the way. Doing so can prevent your wisdom teeth from causing discomfort or shifting your healthy teeth out of alignment.
Why so early?
When the teeth are still developing, they are smaller and easier to remove. Smaller teeth mean smaller surgical sites for the patient, which makes recovery quicker and easier. Below are a few more reasons why early wisdom teeth removal is a good idea:
- Early removal lowers the chances of infections or other health problems developing.
- There is no unnecessary pain caused by wisdom teeth later on.
- Smaller teeth are easier to remove, which makes recovery faster.
- Younger patients tend to heal more rapidly.
Can my wisdom teeth still be removed if they have fully grown in?
Yes. Wisdom teeth can be removed at later development stages as well. Oral surgeons are trained to extract teeth efficiently and safely.
If you or your child needs wisdom teeth removed, contact one of our offices in Alexandria, LA, Natchitoches, LA. One of our staff members will be happy to help you schedule a consultation.