Should My Child Get Their Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Knowing exactly when to get your child’s wisdom teeth removed can be difficult to figure out on your own. It is important to work with your dentist to determine the best time for your child. Typically it is recommended that individuals get wisdom teeth removed between the ages of 17 and 25. This means discussions about wisdom teeth removal may start around age 16. 

South University Dental Associates is a qualified dentist that performs wisdom teeth removal in Fargo. Find a qualified dentist in your area if you or a family member needs their wisdom teeth removed.


What are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that sit at the very back of the mouth. The number of wisdom teeth people have vary. Some people never get wisdom teeth while others will have a full set. Ultimately, about 85% will need to get their wisdom teeth removed at some point in their life.


Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed?

Most people’s jaws are not large enough to host a set of wisdom teeth. As a result they can grow at angles that may damage gums or other teeth. When ignored, wisdom teeth can cause nerve damage, tooth decay, gum disease, and damage surrounding teeth. As your child ages, their wisdom teeth roots will grow deeper into the gums, so waiting on removal could result in complications and healing after surgery may take longer. Removing teeth at an age recommended by your dentist will help limit potential complications.


What Happens During Wisdom Tooth Surgery?

As you discuss your child’s options with your dentist they will talk you through the process of wisdom teeth extraction. Local or general anesthesia will be used to limit pain. Depending on the number of teeth to be removed, the surgery could take one to a couple of hours. After surgery, recovery will depend on the number of teeth removed, the teeth root length and any other complications that may arise during surgery. 


At South University Dental Associates we are happy to discuss your child’s wisdom teeth and potential removal options.