Facts About Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Your third molars, or wisdom teeth, usually develop between the ages of 14 and 24 and are often removed in this time frame. Many, however, keep these teeth for much longer but can be at risk for developing oral health issues. At Lorton Springfield Dental Implant & Oral Surgery, our surgeons extract the wisdom teeth that are negatively impacting your oral health. We will determine whether or not to remove them, with the goal of protecting your smile.

Why do Young Adults Have Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Wisdom teeth can contribute to crowding and discomfort as they emerge. Third molars often become impacted, or partially covered by soft tissues, as they fail to completely push through the gums. When they do push through, they are sometimes crooked or start to press against neighboring teeth. This can cause inflammation and infection, which merit extraction.

Most dentists and oral surgeons believe that extracting wisdom teeth between 16 and 24 is the best method to preserve a patient’s oral health. As we age, our jaw bone becomes more fragile and heals less efficiently, which is why many dental professionals recommend removing wisdom teeth between the ages of 14-24. If the procedure is completed later in life, the patient will need extra time to heal. However, if you experience toothaches or show signs of infection due to your third molars you are advised to have the teeth extracted no matter your age.

Am I a Candidate for Wisdom Tooth Removal?

Whether you’re a teenager or an adult, it’s important to seek help if your wisdom teeth are negatively affecting your oral health. Your candidacy for wisdom teeth removal depends on a variety of factors, including the size or your jaw, the number of impacted wisdom teeth, and your overall dental health. If you have any of the following symptoms contact your general dentist:

  • Pain behind your molars or in your jaw
  • Chronic infections in your gums
  • Tenderness or swelling around your molars

At Lorton Springfield Dental Implant & Oral Surgery, we believe that every smile is unique and every patient deserves personalized care. Call our Lorton practice today if you have any questions regarding your wisdom teeth or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Snehal Patel. 703-436-4633