The best time to get your wisdom teeth removed is when they are not causing any problems. This is usually in the late teens or early twenties, before the roots are fully formed and the recovery is generally faster. However, if your wisdom teeth are causing problems, such as pain, infection, or damage to other teeth, they may need to be removed sooner.
Here are some signs that your wisdom teeth may need to be removed:
- Pain in the back of your mouth
- Difficulty chewing
- Swelling or infection around the wisdom teeth
- Gum recession around the wisdom teeth
- Impacted wisdom teeth (wisdom teeth that are stuck under the gums or bone)
- Cysts or tumors around the wisdom teeth
If you are experiencing any of these signs, it is important to see your dentist or oral surgeon to discuss whether your wisdom teeth need to be removed.
Here are some of the benefits of getting your wisdom teeth removed sooner rather than later:
- It is easier to remove wisdom teeth that are not fully erupted.
- There is less risk of complications, such as infection or dry socket.
- The recovery time is usually shorter.
- There is less risk of damage to other teeth.
If you are unsure about whether or not you need to get your wisdom teeth removed, talk to your dentist or oral surgeon. They can evaluate your teeth and make the best recommendation for you.