When do I need my wisdom teeth removed?

Many people often wonder when they need to get their wisdom teeth removed.

Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to erupt in our mouths, and usually erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. This varies for each person, and depends a lot on the size of their mouth. Wisdom teeth can cause issues if there is not enough room for them to come in.

There are signs you may need your wisdom teeth removed. Our team at Fraser Family will evaluate each patient’s teeth between the ages of 16 and 19, to determine if their wisdom teeth have begun to erupt, and if there are any issues. Depending on what we see, we may recommend our patients get them removed, so they do not cause any issues with the existing teeth. Removing wisdom teeth will prevent future issues as you age.

Reasons we recommend wisdom tooth extraction:

  • Teeth are too crowded in the mouth, and more room is needed to allow them to grow in appropriately.
  • Wisdom teeth are causing pain in and around the mouth or gums.
  • Wisdom teeth are impacted or stuck under the gums causing them to not erupt properly.
  • There is an infection present around the wisdom teeth.

There are signs or symptoms that are important to pay attention to.  At Fraser Family we will take x-rays of your teeth to determine if your wisdom teeth need extraction.  Our highly skilled team will discuss our recommendations, and explain all steps of the process. The procedure is approximately 45 minutes, and local or general anesthesia is used to keep our patients comfortable, relaxed, and pain free during the procedure.

Signs of symptoms you should watch for:

  • Swelling or stiffness in the jaw
  • Pain in the back of your jaw or mouth
  • Bad breath
  • Difficulty opening your mouth
  • Wisdom teeth rubbing against other teeth in the mouth

Problems can occur if wisdom teeth are not removed.  Overcrowding may happen causing teeth to overlap each other.  If you notice any signs or symptoms please call our office.  Our team will provide excellent care, and ensure your wisdom teeth are handled properly, to prevent any future issues.

Please call or email Fraser Family today to schedule your appointment, and ask about our wisdom teeth removal services.


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