The extraction of wisdom teeth is common and involves our Greater Orlando, FL, dentists taking out a patient’s third set of molars to prevent complications like impaction, misalignment, or infection. Every patient is different so some may only need a portion of their wisdom teeth removed, while others are best served by the extraction of all four.

Taking out wisdom teeth is often done to prevent impaction, misalignment, or a spreading infection.

Here’s what you need to know about having wisdom teeth taken out.

When & Why Do Wisdom Teeth Erupt?

On average, wisdom teeth tend to grow in (erupt) between the ages of 17 and 25. Most people tend to have them removed while they are still teenagers but it’s not unusual for patients to be in their mid-twenties or even slightly older when problems start to arise. Each person is unique and our dentists take this, among other factors, into consideration when wisdom teeth are being evaluated.

For example, some individuals develop impacted wisdom teeth while others have the teeth erupt normally without issue. Some people are completely without wisdom teeth or only have a few show up. Our mission is to help any experiencing discomfort because of their wisdom teeth and get ahead of possible complications.

In general, wisdom teeth are a thing of the past and are deemed “vestigial” structures. In other words, they were useful for our ancestors when they ate raw leaves, nuts, roots, and meat. Not so much now that we have cutlery to break up our food into smaller bites. We simply don’t need wisdom teeth anymore and our jaws are no longer built to handle them.

Signs You Need Your Wisdom Teeth Extracted

Tooth extraction is only considered when it has become obvious that there is a high chance of future problems arising like infection or decay. You might need to confront the very real idea of wisdom teeth removal if:

  • One or more teeth are impacted (trapped in your gums or jawbone)
  • The teeth have grown in at an angle
  • Pain develops near the back of your mouth
  • Food debris gets stuck around the teeth
  • Gum disease occurs, especially around the molars
  • There’s a cavity in a partially erupted tooth
  • A cyst (fluid filled sac) develops around one or more teeth
  • Nearby teeth or surrounding bone is damaged

Find Relief With Oral Surgery

If you’re experiencing pain caused by wisdom teeth, our dentists serving Greater Orlando, FL, urge you to come into our office so we can take a closer look. Like many others, you may not have enough room in your jaw to accommodate the incoming teeth. Call Classic Smiles today at (407) 378-0139 to request an appointment.