Lewis D. Gilbert, DDS, LTD

When Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed

Written by Dr. Adonis Terezides

Learn the Signs and Symptoms Indicating Your Teen Needs to Have His or Her Wisdom Teeth Removed

If your teenagers are like more than 80% of Americans, chances are that they will eventually develop problems with their wisdom teeth.

Wisdom teeth are the upper and lower third molars located at the very back of our mouths, which are the last to develop, and are unlikely to grow into a functional and comfortable position, thereby causing problems from crowding/shifting of the other teeth to creating painful, inflamed, and, often infected, flaps of gum tissue.

The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons typically recommends pre-emptive wisdom teeth removal during the mid/late teen years to young adulthood, before symptoms and problems arise. With pre-emptive wisdom tooth removal by an oral surgeon, especially during the teenage years before wisdom tooth root development is complete, much of the postoperative pain and discomfort can be minimized or completely avoided.