When Do I Need My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

August 03, 2022

By Innovative Implant and Oral Surgery

You will need to have your wisdom teeth removed when your dentist or oral surgeon determines they are already impacted or could cause complications. In addition, many people opt to remove their wisdom teeth during their late teens or early 20s, even if they aren’t currently causing problems. This preemptively eliminates the possibility of complications related to improperly erupted wisdom teeth.

At Innovative Oral Surgery & Dental Implants, wisdom teeth removal is one of the most common procedures we perform. Our skilled oral surgery team works closely with patients to ensure they have a comfortable, positive experience. We prioritize patient education in order to support each patient’s informed decision-making process.

Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

The wisdom teeth are the third molars at the very back of the mouth. They are the last teeth to erupt, or break through the gums, which typically occurs during a person’s late teens to early 20s. Quite often, there isn’t enough room at the back of the mouth for the wisdom teeth to erupt properly. When this happens, the teeth may only partially break through the gums, or they might not break through at all. This condition is known as wisdom tooth impaction. Some common signs of wisdom tooth impaction include the following:

  • Pain of the jaw and mouth
  • Red, swollen gums
  • Bad breath
  • An unpleasant taste in the mouth
  • Swelling of the jaw
  • Problems opening the mouth

If you have impacted wisdom teeth, you will need them removed promptly. Otherwise, they will continue to cause pain and other unpleasant symptoms. In addition, leaving them in place will elevate the risk of complications, including damage to the adjacent teeth and an increased risk of gum disease.

Removing Wisdom Teeth That May Become Problematic

Even if your wisdom teeth aren’t yet impacted, your oral surgeon will recommend removing them if there is a risk that they will become impacted. Since there is no immediate danger in this situation, you have some flexibility in determining exactly when to get them removed. It’s common to schedule wisdom tooth removal during school vacations, like summer or spring break. This allows for plenty of time for the patient to fully recover before returning to school.

Even if your wisdom teeth aren’t currently impacted, and there are no signs that they could cause problems any time soon, you may opt to get them removed. This is a personal decision to be made in collaboration with your oral surgeon. At Innovative Oral Surgery & Dental Implants, we often recommend proactive wisdom teeth removal because it eliminates the possibility of suffering from the pain of tooth impaction later. It also eliminates the possibility of other complications, such as an increased risk of fluid-filled cysts, gum disease, damage to adjacent teeth, and benign tumors.

There is another reason why our oral surgeons frequently recommend preemptive removal. Patients who are younger have an easier and faster recovery than patients who are older. Furthermore, there is a reduced risk of surgical complications. In older patients, the wisdom teeth have matured roots. This worsens the difficulty of removing them and increases the risk of problems.

Schedule a Wisdom Teeth Removal Consultation Today

The highly trained oral surgeons at Innovative Oral Surgery & Dental Implants are available for wisdom teeth removal consultations for Bucks County and Montgomery County, PA, residents. You can schedule an appointment at our locations in Feasterville, Newtown, and Jenkintown by calling our office. Our patients are often pleasantly surprised to discover that our procedures are designed with safety and comfort in mind. We look forward to helping you enjoy a positive oral surgery experience.