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Ruedi Tillmann DDS

Wes Tillmann DMD

Dane Nelson DMD





Wisdom Teeth


Wisdom Teeth


Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that emerge, usually during your late teens to early twenties. For some people the wisdom teeth emerge through the gums and have enough room to grow in naturally. For others, wisdom teeth often cause problems as they are trying to protrude through the gums. When a wisdom tooth is impacted the tooth is coming in at an angle and not straight through the gum line. This can cause pain, the tooth can come in unevenly, or the tooth may only emerge partially.

Impacted wisdom teeth can cause structural damage to the jaw and other teeth. They can also provide a place for bacteria to gather since they are hard to reach and clean. These potential problems make it necessary to remove impacted wisdom teeth so that larger problems do not arise. Routine x-rays during a dental exam can reveal if you will need to have your wisdom teeth removed.


At What Age Is Best

Wisdom teeth are best removed before the roots grow too long, which will require more effort to remove and longer healing times.  At the same time, wisdom teeth need time to move upwards or downwards so they are more accessable to the dentist to extract.  The usual age to remove wisdom teeth is around 18.  A quick panoramic x-ray will easily reveal if it is time to remove the wisdom teeth and any complications that might occur with removal.