Chances are that most of the adults you meet will have had at least one, if not all of their wisdom teeth extracted. An estimated 85% of American adults eventually have their wisdom teeth removed, typically in the early to mid-20s (although they usually begin to erupt in the late teens). Wisdom teeth are the last set of adult molars, and are often impacted, which means there is not enough room for them to fully erupt. They may grow at an odd angle, become stuck under the gums, or even become infected, which is why extraction is so common. The dentists at Omni Dental in San Diego, CA, recommend that teenagers and young adults in particular schedule a dental exam every six months (the American Dental Association recommendation for all adults) in order to monitor the progress of their wisdom teeth as they begin to develop and erupt.
Wisdom Teeth Evaluation and Extraction in San Diego, CA
So how do you know if you're one of the roughly 85%? Many people experience pain and discomfort as their wisdom teeth begin to erupt, but some people don't experience any symptoms at all. If the teeth have enough room to fully erupt and can be properly cleaned when you brush and floss, the dentist may determine that you do not need to have them extracted. However, if they do not have enough room to fully erupt, they can cause other oral health problems like crowding, which affects your bite and alignment, or tooth decay and gum disease if they trap bacteria.
Find a Dentist in San Diego, CA
The only way to know if you need to have your wisdom teeth extracted is through a dental exam. If you are experiencing pain or signs of an infection, contact Omni Dental by calling (619) 224-5000 to schedule an appointment with a dentist in San Diego today.