Do Wisdom Teeth Make You Wiser?

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WAXHAW, NC – The answer is no! Wisdom teeth erupt at a more mature age, between the ages of 17 and 21, which is why they are called “wisdom” teeth.

Two determining factors of whether wisdom teeth need to be extracted are:

  1. Do you have enough room to accommodate them?
  2. Are they coming in straight?

If the answer is yes to both questions and if they are accessible for proper brushing and flossing, then wisdom teeth can be kept, otherwise, they will have to be removed at an appropriate time determined by your dentist.

The most common reason for wisdom teeth extractions is impaction, which means they are growing sideways. This can create a bacterial or food trap and damage the molar in front of the wisdom tooth by causing decay or gum disease. Hence it’s very important to evaluate their position early on, monitor, and remove on time before the damage can be done.

Another reason for wisdom teeth removal can be in conjunction with orthodontic treatment (braces). Your dentist works with your orthodontist to develop a plan that best serves your needs.

If you are one of the lucky few who gets to keep your wisdom teeth, it is paramount to keep them healthy by properly caring for them, because cavities or gum disease can be developed at a later time.

For further questions or to schedule a wisdom teeth evaluation, please call us at (704) 665-7887.  You can also visit our website at to request an appointment.

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