When Should Wisdom Teeth be Removed?

Why do humans have Wisdom Teeth?   These teeth are usually the last molars to try to erupt into the mouth, usually between the ages of 16 and 25.  Scientists believe due to evolution that human jaws are much smaller than they were millions of years ago, and therefore most humans do not have enough room left in their jaws for these final molars to erupt.

If you are one of the lucky people with enough room for these far back molars to erupt fully and straight, then there is no reason to remove them.  However, for most of us that is not the case.

Unerupted wisdom teeth can cause problems down the road including gum infections, decay or abscesses of other teeth and on rare occasions, cysts and tumors which can cause major destruction to the jaw bones.  With modern x-ray techniques, these molars can be evaluated even before they cause problems.

We recommend an evaluation starting at age 16.  If wisdom teeth need to be removed, the procedure can be done comfortably at The Philadelphia Dentist using Nitrous Oxide Sedation and Local Anesthesia. 

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