Can I Keep My Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth, also commonly referred to as the third molars, are a set of teeth that are found in the very back of your mouth, past your molars. They get their name because they typically erupt and break through your gums between the ages of 18 and 25. These teeth are generally painful to individuals and are more than likely permanently removed not only due to pain but because they pose a risk of infection, teeth crowding in the mouth, and more. However, in some cases, individuals can keep their wisdom teeth. Our dental professionals here at Gentle Family Dentistry have compiled a list of reasons for instances in which you do and do not need your wisdom teeth.


Should I Keep My Wisdom Teeth?

Here at Gentle Family Dentistry, we recommend that if your wisdom teeth are healthy and show no signs of decay, have not fully erupted, can be thoroughly brushed and flossed, and do not necessarily need to be extracted. However, if your wisdom teeth emerge later into your twenties, you may be at a greater risk for infection and other problems down the line.


When Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Sooner rather than later! We say this because the younger you are, the easier it is to heal. This is because the human body generally heals quicker when you are younger than later in life. Not only does age play a role, but as you age and the wisdom teeth are fully developed, you look at a more lengthy procedure, a more significant surgical site, and a much longer healing process.


Why Should I Get My Wisdom Teeth Out?

We recommend that if your wisdom teeth are causing you persistent pain, even if it is minor, you are facing infections in or around the tooth, show signs of gum infection or disease/decay, or are developing tumors, that you get your wisdom teeth out immediately. With any dental procedure, the decision to complete a wisdom tooth extraction or keep it is sometimes crystal clear. That is why if you believe your wisdom teeth are growing in or are soon to grow, talk to your dentists about the correct course of action for you and your smile.


When Should I Seek Professional Dental Assistance?

If you are experiencing pain or discomfort or believe your wisdom teeth will cause an infection or more discomfort down the line, please seek out a reputable dentist immediately. If you do not, you are placing yourself at risk for further dental procedures down the line. If you are in the Maine area, Gentle Family Dentistry is a top dental practice offering impeccable results regarding wisdom teeth extraction. Contact us today; we will happily look at your teeth.


Need Your Wisdom Teeth Removed? Visit Gentle Family Dentistry in Madison, Augusta, or Winslow Maine

At Gentle Family Dentistry, our professional family dentists have the skills and experience necessary to take care of your and your family’s oral health care needs. We are proud to provide a wide range of services, including preventative care, restorative treatments, pediatric care, and emergency services, to our clients. Please call our trusted team today for everything from pediatric visits for your child to annual teeth cleanings, oral cancer screenings, and much more. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you create the smile of your dreams soon!