Wisdom Teeth Removal for Children
and Patients with Special Needs
Around the age of 10, many have already started to form their wisdom teeth, which are four permanent teeth that grow in the back corners of your mouth. For many young adults, wisdom teeth grow in uncomfortably and pose the risk of larger complications down the line if left alone.
When is the right time to get a young adult’s wisdom teeth taken out? The truth is, there’s no “right” age for removal. Most people get their wisdom teeth extracted sometime between the ages of 15 and 25.
During that time, the American Dental Association recommends that patients regularly get check-ups to see whether their wisdom teeth are ready to come out. Among the issues dentists look for are:
- Overcrowding: Wisdom teeth can squeeze your other teeth or inflame the gums, making them hard to clean and prone to cavities.
- Sinus sensitivities: Wisdom teeth can sometimes lead to problems with your sinuses, including pain, pressure, and congestion.
- Jaw-damage: Cysts are known to occasionally form around the jawbone as a byproduct of wisdom teeth growth. If left untreated, those cysts can sometimes lead to nerve damage.
If you or someone in your care has wisdom teeth growing in, the best thing you can do is stay on top of their dental health. Make sure they’re seeing a dentist regularly and staying up to date on the progress of their wisdom teeth.
Most patients don’t have jaws wide enough to safely allow wisdom teeth to grow in fully and without complication. Over time, those teeth will likely become impacted, which means they will become embedded against another tooth or in the soft tissue or bone of the jaw.
That’s why the team at Just Wisdom Teeth recommends that all patients ages 14 and up consider wisdom teeth removal. Our dental surgeons are committed to high-quality, safe service for everyone and have years of experience helping patients of all ages and needs. Our facility uses specialty equipment to make sure our patients—no matter their circumstances—get top-of-the-line care to keep their smiles healthy.
If you have questions about how to set up a wisdom tooth surgery for a loved one, don’t hesitate to call us at (301) 482-8888 to set up a consultation or appointment as soon as possible. We can get you started with everything you need to know about scheduling and preparing for the wisdom teeth removal process.