Is Your Child Too Old For Wisdom Teeth Extraction?

Having wisdom teeth doesn’t makes someone extra wise or intelligent. Instead, these extra set of teeth are molars that have grown in at the back of a person’s mouth and can be painful and irritating when infected.

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are located at the back of a person’s mouth. Technically speaking, they can be found at the upper and third molars. Wisdom teeth generally form inside of a person’s mouth between the ages of 17 – 21. So, children typically do not have to deal with the problem of wisdom teeth.

Sometimes they can show up in a child’s mouth, but this is a very rare occurrence.

How Did Wisdom Teeth Get Their Name?

Wisdom teeth is a moniker that was given to these molars that develop during the late teenage and early adult years of life. Apparently, most people believe that older teens and young adults are supposed to have some kind of wisdom once they reach this age. However, as older adults know that most teens and young adults still have a lot to learn about life – especially when it comes to good oral care.

Why Are Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Sometimes they don’t need to be removed, but other times people experience crowding or impaction. Once this happens, it can create a lot of pain and cause a person’s mouth to be infected. As a result, wisdom teeth have to be removed.

When Should You Have Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Most people have their wisdom teeth removed when they realize the pain they cause. If you are suffering from wisdom teeth that have not properly developed, then it is advisable to have them extracted as soon as possible.

If you do not have any pain when your teeth come in but have problems later on in life – you can have them removed when you are older. The bottom line is that you are never too old to have your wisdom teeth taken out. Adelberg Montalvan Pediatric Dental can extract wisdom teeth for older teens.

Contact us for more information or to schedule your child’s wisdom teeth removal today!