Most parents of teenage patients ask if their child really needs to have their wisdom teeth removed and if yes, then when. There is no set answer – we evaluate each patient’s needs before determining if and when wisdom teeth must be removed.
Wisdom teeth, the third and final set of molars, usually appear in your late teens or early twenties. Although some people have no problems, often wisdom teeth are misaligned or impacted and require removal. Misaligned teeth can position themselves horizontally, be angled toward or away from other teeth or can create crowding or damage to adjacent teeth. An impacted tooth, one that partially erupts through the gum, allows an opening for bacteria to enter around the tooth, which may cause infection.
As with all treatment at Haring Dental Group, each patient’s needs are considered individually; there is no specific age where we automatically recommend wisdom teeth should be extracted. During regular checkup visits we will examine the patient’s mouth and X-rays looking fore any potential misalignment issues or impactment. Based on examinations we will discuss options for your child’s treatment plan.