Also known as third molars, wisdom teeth are the last adult teeth to erupt in a person’s smile. They typically erupt between the ages of 16 and 22, which are ages typically associated with the period of time that growing adults experience a newfound wisdom and maturity. The bad news is most mouths today cannot accommodate additional teeth, which results in serious overcrowding and potential impaction. Impaction refers to teeth that attempt to erupt but are instead trapped inside the jawbone. This dramatically increases your risk for tooth decay and even infection.
Our dentists at Addison Family Dentistry always pay close attention to the development of wisdom teeth, especially in younger patients. For their own safety, we may even recommend early wisdom tooth extractions in Addison, TX if it becomes clear what damage they can cause. We want to keep smile safe and strong no matter what, and sometimes a wisdom tooth extraction is the best way to accomplish that. Call us today if you’d like to schedule your next appointment here in Addison!