When Do Wisdom Teeth Grow In?
Wisdom teeth form under the gums during the pre-teen years (10-12). If there is enough room in the mouth, the wisdom teeth will begin to push through the gums by the late teenage years. However, if there is not enough room, they will start to impact by the mid-twenties.
What are impacted wisdom teeth? This means that there is no room for them to fully erupt through the gums and it can become painful and swollen.
By a person's early forties wisdom teeth have formed complete roots...at this point, it is very difficult to remove them and requires more time to heal after removal.
The best time to remove wisdom teeth is before they begin to push through the gums. At this time, the removal is rather easy and the patient will experience a quick recovery.
Why Remove Wisdom Teeth
If you don't remove your wisdom teeth they can cause several oral issues later in life. The following are just a few of the problems wisdom teeth can cause if not removed early.
- If wisdom teeth impact, they can damage neighboring molars by pushing on them.
- Impacted wisdom teeth often decay.
- Infections can occur that if left untreated will affect the bloodstream.
- Cysts and tumors can occur below the wisdom tooth that cause pain and even damage to the jawbone.
If you want to find out if you have wisdom teeth that need to be removed or if you are in pain and suspect your wisdom teeth are the problem, set up an appointment to start the process for yourself.