Your permanent teeth take, on average, ten to twelve years to come in, or erupt. Starting with your lower front teeth at age six or seven, and ending with your wisdom teeth between ages seventeen and 21, you end up with 32 permanent teeth. This is if all goes well and there is room for your wisdom teeth, also known as your third molars. It is not inevitable that you must have your wisdom teeth removed, and it is preferable to keep them. After all, you were meant to have them! Although children who were breast fed for an extended period tend to have the best chance of keeping their wisdom teeth, if you are like many, you’ll have to have them extracted if:
Regular visits to your Placerville dentist are essential no matter what your age, but during the teen years and early twenties it is vital that wisdom tooth progression is tracked. Years of diligent childhood dental care and/or orthodontic work can be undone when wisdom teeth come in where there is no room for them.
With local anesthesia and sedation, removal of wisdom teeth is usually a one hour in-office procedure. The longer it is delayed, the more problems will arise, which could include damaging or shifting perfectly good teeth. Make an appointment soon for yourself or your teen to see where the wisdom teeth are in relation to the rest of the upper and lower jaw. The dentists at the Placerville Dental Group have the experience and knowledge to deal with these often pesky last set of teeth. Sometimes, taking them out is the smartest thing to do, and without delay!