Does My Child Need Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Your child will get their wisdom teeth in their late teens to early twenties. Yet, our pediatric dentists will start to see wisdom teeth form in your child’s jaw around age 10. Not all patients need wisdom teeth removal, but those that do need immediate attention to avoid abscesses and other complications. About 85% of Americans will need wisdom tooth extraction sometime during their lives.
What is the Point of Wisdom Teeth?
Many dentists believe our ancestors needed wisdom teeth and huge jaws to chew tough plants, roots, and raw meat. While we eat much softer foods today, we still carry the gene that allows wisdom teeth to form. Since humans have much smaller jaws today, there often isn’t enough room for wisdom teeth to erupt. If our pediatric dentists discover an, they’ll recommend extraction.
Will Wisdom Tooth Pain Go Away?
If your child has wisdom tooth pain, call us as soon as possible to schedule emergency dental care. Wisdom teeth tend to erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. If your child’s teeth are stuck under their gums or coming in at an angle, our dentists will recommendwisdom tooth extraction.
Not everyone needs. If our dentists see that your child’s wisdom teeth are coming in straight and there’s enough room in the jaw, your child may be able to keep their third molars. Our dentists’ main concerns are protecting your child’s oral health and the appearance of their smile.
Is it Really Necessary to Remove Impacted Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth that are coming in at an angle will push other teeth out of the way to make room in the jaw. The best way to prevent crowding is to remove wisdom teeth before they erupt. Wisdom teeth removal can be scheduled once the extra molars are fully formed in the jaw. Impacted wisdom teethnot only undo years of wearing braces or clear aligners, but can increase your child’s risk of infection.
People who have their wisdom teeth removed are able to live normal lives. Since your child has eight other molars, they’ll be able to chew food just fine. We’ll let your child know how to care for their smile after wisdom teeth removal so they can recover quickly.
Does Everybody Need Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Each patient is different. For example, a patient may needwisdom tooth extraction if there isn’t enough room in the jaw to accommodate the extra teeth. Another person, on the other hand, may have plenty of space in their jaw.
We’re able to take x-rays and monitor your child’s wisdom teeth as they form in the jaw. That way, our pediatric dentists will be able to track the trajectory of your child’s wisdom teeth to determine whether they’ll come through the gum line straight. We also use dental x-rays to determine whether your child has enough space in their jaw to accommodate extra teeth.