What are wisdom teeth?
These are your third set of molars, and they’re called ‘teeth of wisdom’ because they don’t emerge until you’re older. Not all wisdom teeth are bad or have to be removed, but it’s critical that you get them assessed to understand what’s going on. Some people never end up getting them at all.
What Age Do They Come Through?
Generally, wisdom teeth erupt between the ages of 17 and 24. We can detect a developing wisdom tooth on an x-ray as early as the age of 13 or 14.
For younger patients – we’re talking 15, 16, 17 – we monitor their wisdom teeth to see what happens. It’s best to keep an eye on them with dental check-ups than wait for them to cause problems.
We can make a better judgement, a definitive diagnosis, when a patient gets older – 18 to early 20s. It’s generally at this age when wisdom teeth have been exposed to the mouth for a number of years that you can determine the anatomy of that particular area.
Then we ask: Will this wisdom tooth catch food, promote infection or come through in the right place? To arrange an evaluation to determine if your wisdom teeth need extraction, contact Alderley Dental.