Olney Center

Olney Center

Olney Center

Because of their location in the back of the mouth, wisdom teeth are frequently difficult
to keep free from plaque and food and might trap harmful bacteria that can contribute to gum disease, decay and infection. Even wisdom teeth that are buried under the gum tissue may cause these same issues.

But why not adopt a wait-and-see approach to wisdom teeth coming in (or yet to erupt) that haven’t caused any trouble? Here are some items to consider:

Typically, it is easier to remove wisdom teeth in younger patients because the roots of the wisdom teeth are not completely formed, the surrounding bone is softer and there is less chance of damaging nearby nerves or other structures. Overall risk of surgical complications is more common in adulthood.

Each visit will take more of a patient’s time, including time off from school or work.

Each additional visit for a tooth extraction requires an additional healing period with a restricted diet.

Properly caring for any remaining wisdom teeth requires routine inspections and X-rays.

It can be more expensive to visit an Oral surgeon multiple times for additional wisdom tooth extractions should they become problematic later.

For these reasons, you and your oral surgeon should discuss whether you should have all four wisdom teeth extracted at the same time.