At what age does my child need his/her wisdom teeth removed?

How do you know when it is time for your child to have his or her wisdom teeth removed?  All children progress at different rates, both physically and emotionally.  Most children will have their wisdom teeth extracted somewhere between the ages of 15 through 21, although some children may never need to have their wisdom teeth removed.  Typically speaking, the longer we wait to have our wisdom teeth removed, the more difficult and dangerous the procedure may be.  Reasons to have wisdom teeth extracted include pain, infection, lack of space in the oral cavity, inability to keep wisdom teeth clean, decay, and damage to the adjacent second molars.

Your general dentist can tell you if and when wisdom teeth extraction is necessary.  In order to properly diagnosis this, a dentist will perform an oral examination and take x-rays.


There are many reasons why the wisdom teeth may need to be removed.

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