Wisdom teeth are given their name because they erupt through the gum line between the ages of 17 and 25. Most people simply don’t have the space in their jaws to accommodate these extra teeth, which is why they call our Grand Rapids dentists. Since wisdom teeth form around age 10, our dentists are able to take x-rays to determine how they’ll erupt. That way, impacted wisdom teeth can be extracted before they reverse orthodontic progress or crowd teeth.
Impacted wisdom teeth come in at an angle, which compromises the positions of other teeth. If you had years of orthodontic treatment, the last thing you’d want is to undo all the progress that was made to give you a beautiful healthy smile.
Keep in mind that not everyone needs wisdom teeth extraction. If your wisdom teeth are coming in straight and your jaw is big enough, you may be able to keep your wisdom teeth. However, if you experience any wisdom tooth pain, call our office immediately for emergency dental care. Sometimes impacted wisdom teeth can get stuck beneath the surface of your gums, increasing your risk of inflammation or infection. In this situation, our dentist would recommend wisdom teeth removal.
To schedule your appointment with one of our Grand Rapids dentists, call Contemporary Family Dental at (616) 209-3969.