Wisdom teeth, officially referred to as third molars, are oftentimes non-functional and difficult to maintain. Typically the last teeth to develop, your wisdom teeth are located in the very back of the mouth. They are usually completely developed between the ages of 15 and 20—a time traditionally associated with the onset of maturity and the attainment of “wisdom.”
Since the wisdom teeth are the last to develop, there is usually insufficient room in the mouth for them to adequately erupt and become fully functional teeth. When this occurs, they are said to be impacted.
This inability to properly function in the chewing process can result in a number of harmful effects on overall dental hygiene and health. This is why we typically recommend removing wisdom teeth in order to prevent and avoid long-term problems, especially at an age when we first recognize the inability for third molars to erupt.
In our experience, if we recognize the issue at an early age (sometimes as young as 11 or 12 and other times 17 or 18), we see faster, more predictable healing with fewer post-operative complications.
However, unless you have an active problem, it is up to you to elect to have your wisdom teeth removed.
Dr. Middleton or one of our staff will be happy to discuss this procedure in more detail at the time of your consultation. For more information about our professional practice of wisdom teeth extraction at Middleton Oral Surgery, contact our dental practice at (941) 926-9100 today to schedule an appointment with our team.