Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt, typically between the ages of 17 and 25. Most people have them, but don’t be surprised if your x-rays reveal that you don’t have any. Some studies show that 35% of the population was born without wisdom teeth, and some only have 2 or 3 of them, not all 4. If you do you have your wisdom teeth, chances are you will need to have them removed. Dr. Gallagher at Overland Park Family Dental provides wisdom teeth extractions with a gentle touch to ensure his patients are comfortable, relaxed, and pain-free for the procedure.
Why Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Most people have all of their permanent teeth in by the time they are 12 years old. By the time your wisdom teeth arrive, your existing teeth will be very much set in place and happy with where they are. Most of the time, wisdom teeth cause more problems than good because they don’t come in correctly.
wisdom teeth can:
- Come in at an angle and damage your molars
- Cause your existing teeth to move out of position
- Not fully erupt and become infected
- Cause damage to your jaw
- Affect your bite and cause mouth pain
Sometimes, even if it looks like wisdom tooth removal isn’t necessary and they are coming in ok, it might be suggested to have them removed anyway as a preventative measure. As you get older, your jaw will become much harder and make the wisdom tooth removal procedure much more difficult. Since you don’t really need any more teeth, simply having them removed takes away the possibility of them causing problems later on.
How Dr. Gallagher Can Help
Dr. Gallagher can monitor the growth of your wisdom teeth and give you his advice on how to best proceed. If you decide to have them removed, Dr. Gallagher will be able to perform the extractions right from his office. If the wisdom teeth have become impacted and are looking like they need some extra care, he may refer you out to a specialist for the procedure. Either way, Dr. Gallagher has your best interests at heart and will make sure you are fully informed along the way, ultimately letting you make your own decision on whether or not you would like to have your wisdom teeth removed.