Children develop their first molars around age 6 and second set of molars at age 12, bringing the total count to 28 permanent teeth. Because the average mouth can only hold 28 teeth, the growth of a third set of molars, the wisdom teeth, between the ages of 17 and 25 can cause discomfort, swelling and other complications. Summit OMS has several wisdom teeth extraction surgery clinics specializing in the safe, pain-free removal of these problem teeth.
Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need To Be Removed?
While some people develop wisdom teeth without complications, in most cases these extra molars can cause a variety of issues. Reasons that they may need to be removed include the following:
- Impaction: Teeth have become trapped under the jawbone or gums.
- Angled Entry: Molars are coming in sideways, putting pressure on other teeth.
- Lack of Space: There is no room for another set of molars.
- Dental Hygiene: The difficulty of flossing and brushing thoroughly at the far back of the mouth increases the risk of cavities and gum disease.
In addition to being painful, these situations can lead to infection and illness by providing easy access for bacteria where the teeth are erupting through the gums. The impaction or angled entry of wisdom teeth also puts pressure on the rest of the mouth, causing existing teeth to become misaligned.
It is especially important to remove impacted teeth as soon as possible. Over time, these trapped molars can develop painful cysts or tumors that can cause permanent damage to surrounding teeth and tissues, including the jawbone itself.
Oral Surgery Professionals You Can Trust
At Summit OMS, we take a patient-centered approach that combines clear communication about procedures with individualized pain management to ensure a comfortable, relaxed experience. Our experienced surgeons have the knowledge and tools to perform smooth extractions with minimal recovery time.