When Is It Time to Lose Your Wisdom Teeth?

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Wisdom teeth are the last of your molars that erupt in the very back of your smile, typically between the time of your late teens to mid twenties. Dental X-rays notify the dentist of the circumstances of your wisdom teeth, whether they need to be removed and when. The time may come to lose your wisdom teeth due to one of the following reasons:

– The wisdom teeth are impacted. These teeth often can’t erupt normally because they are wedged in the back of your smile, and impacted wisdom teeth will stay stuck in the jawbone or gums if not removed.
– They erupt at a bad angle. When wisdom teeth try to erupt at a wrong angle, they over-crowd the other teeth, threatening the appearance of your smile, and may need to be removed if you want to have straight teeth.
– Your dental arch is too small. Sometimes, a mouth doesn’t have enough space to accommodate another set of molars.

What to Expect From Wisdom Tooth Removal
Prior to surgery, we encourage you to speak with our dentists regarding any existing health or any prescription drugs you must take. You are also welcome to ask questions about the procedure.

After surgery, you may experience some mild discomfort and swelling for a few days, but many patients don’t experience immediate discomfort following surgery. We encourage you to drink lots of fluids and take medication prescribed by Drs. Tuft and Condie as directed. If you develop a fever or experience persistent pain or swelling, contact our office or your primary care physician.

For more information about when to have wisdom teeth removed in Springville, Utah, please call 801-489-7364 and speak with our friendly team at Condie & Tuft Family Dentistry today.