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In a majority sense, we try to keep our teeth healthy and in our mouths as long as possible. Of course, there are some instances when it’s best to extract some teeth. Wisdom teeth in particular tend to be pretty commonly extracted. Just because it’s frequent doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to have them removed as soon as possible though. It’s important to have a better understanding of wisdom teeth extractions first.

Who Needs Them

It might surprise you to learn that not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth extracted. If you have enough room in your mouth for them and if they grow straight, you can keep them if you want to. On the other hand, some people don’t have the space in their mouths to accommodate four additional molars. Sometimes the wisdom teeth try to come in sideways or at an angle. This can be a real problem for the rest of the teeth in your mouth. If that’s the case, it’s generally best to have them removed. The same applies if infections or cavities develop in the wisdom teeth or if there is bone loss near the roots.

When They Should Happen

So when should a wisdom tooth extraction happen if it’s deemed necessary? The answer is somewhat personal, since each individual will have different circumstances that could have an impact. Most people who have their wisdom teeth extracted will have it done between the ages of 18 and 25. Still, it’s not uncommon to have them extracted outside of that age range. Generally speaking, younger is a little better since the healing process tends to go more quickly.

How to Prepare

If a wisdom tooth extraction is in your future, knowing how to prepare can make things easier when the time comes. Talk to Dr. Updike about any questions you might have and what to expect. Take some time to prepare for your aftercare needs. Make sure you have a few ice packs on hand and plenty of soft foods that will be easy for you to eat as you heal. If you have significant tasks to do around the house, try to have them done before your extraction so you can relax more while you’re healing.

Many people need to have their wisdom teeth removed, but not everyone does. The timing will differ from person to person as well. If you or a family member needs to have your wisdom teeth extracted, take some time to learn how to prepare for the extraction ahead of time so you’ll be ready for it. Remember, if you have questions, Dr. Updike is here, ready and waiting to help you find the answers you need.

Do you have questions about wisdom teeth extractions or need to set up an appointment? South Temple Dental can help. Contact us here to get answers and appointments.