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When Should My Wisdom Teeth be Extracted?

Having wisdom teeth extractions in Marlborough, MA, can benefit your smile.

Wisdom teeth can be painful because they can put pressure on your other teeth as they erupt, causing discomfort in your teeth, jaws, and face. So, how do you know if you need to have them removed? Your dentist can help you make the right choice.

Dr. Jas Arora of Oxford Smiles offers comprehensive dental care, including wisdom tooth extraction in Marlborough, MA, to benefit your smile.

You can have between one and four wisdom teeth. Some people don’t have any wisdom teeth, and some people can have more than four wisdom teeth. It just depends on your genetics and individual characteristics.

Wisdom teeth typically don’t help you much when you chew. That’s because wisdom teeth are too far back and usually don’t erupt straight because there is not enough room for them. They can erupt sideways, or they may not erupt at all, a condition known as impaction.

Wisdom teeth need to be extracted if:

  • You experience pressure and pain from them erupting
  • You feel pain when you open and close your mouth
  • You have stiffness and swelling around the area of the wisdom teeth
  • You can’t open your mouth wide without pain

There are other considerations for removal too, including:

  • If they are not erupting straight into your mouth
  • If they are decayed
  • If you are unable to keep them clean because they are so far back

Most people have their wisdom teeth removed. The best time to have them removed is when you are 17 to 25 years old, because healing is quicker, and the surrounding bone fills in better when you are younger. Your dentist can discuss the pros and cons of having your wisdom teeth removed with you, so you can make the best choice.

To learn more about if you need to have your wisdom teeth extracted in Marlborough, MA, and how it can benefit your smile, call Dr. Arora of Oxford Smiles at (508) 251-1701 today!

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