Everyone has wisdom teeth and most people need to have them removed at some point in their lives. In fact, wisdom teeth pain is the most common reason that people find themselves in an oral dentists office. It’s important to get wisdom teeth taken care of early on in life before they can wreak havoc on one’s mouth, but how early is too early? 


One of the most common questions we get from every parent is: When should I bring my child in for a wisdom tooth evaluation? Today, we’ll take a closer look at why wisdom teeth may need to be extracted and what age is best for removal. 


Why Wisdom Teeth Should Be Extracted

Wisdom teeth are a residual artifact of times gone by. At one point humans needed these wide extra teeth to help chew their food. However, as cooking became more commonplace the human jaw evolved to the shapes that we see today. As a result, these wide wisdom teeth no longer serve any purpose, nor do they fit correctly into the modern jaw. 


As a result, when wisdom teeth come in now they push the other teeth out of the way which can result in serious tooth pain and can even lead to orthodontic issues down the road. If left untreated long enough wisdom teeth can even cause major issues with the jaw. Unfortunately, the body will only ignore the problem for so long. Eventually wisdom teeth can cause pain so severe that emergency surgery is needed. It’s best to address the problem before it gets that severe and get wisdom teeth removed at an earlier age.  


When Wisdom Teeth Should Be Extracted

The truth is the ideal timing is going to differ from person to person because each person is going to become symptomatic at a different time. Once someone is experiencing symptoms congruent with wisdom teeth issues, they should look to get the teeth removed as quickly as possible. 


Because wisdom teeth symptoms can be so painful, many people opt to remove their wisdom teeth as a preventative measure before they become symptomatic. It’s easier to do this when people are younger and able to recover more quickly. The ideal time for this tends to be in the teenage years. 


Once a person enters their twenties their wisdom teeth will continue to grow and can become impacted. Once this happens the difficulty of the surgery, and the likelihood of complications drastically increases. Anyone over 20 years old with their wisdom teeth should seriously consider getting them removed in the near future. 


Of course, as with any dental procedure it’s always important to consult with a professional. Reach out to to learn more. 



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