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Reasons to have your wisdom teeth removal now:

Why is removing wisdom teeth, or third molars, a wise choice? Dr. Shelbourne, board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, has narrowed down the critical reasons for Charleston wisdom teeth removal. When making your decision, consider these top four reasons for wisdom teeth removal now:


1. Avoid gum disease leading to bone and tooth loss.

Wisdom teeth, or 3rd molars, jeopardize the health of the 2nd molars. Because it is difficult to clean around wisdom teeth, the 2nd molars, or 12 year molars are at risk for periodontal (gum) disease. Typically occurring between the 2nd and 3rd molar, pockets of gum disease may lead to more extensive damage such as bone and tooth loss.

2. Avoid cavities in and around wisdom teeth

If the impacted wisdom teeth push into the back side of the 2nd molars, the patient is at high risk of a cavity developing on the deep backside of the 2nd molar. This often leads to a root canal and crown due to the location of the cavity. Extraction of the 2nd molar may be necessary.


3. Avoid cyst formation from remnants of the tooth stuck in the bone.


4. Avoid painful extractions in 40-50s

40% of adults that never had their wisdom teeth removed as a teen develop infection, decay or gum disease by 45. 25% of adults over age 40 with wisdom teeth need to have them extracted and the risk of surgical complications in these individuals increases by 30% from what it is in adolescents.

Most people have to gag themselves to reach the wisdom tooth with their tooth brush. In the 40s a huge cavity results and extraction takes place at a much more difficult stage in life.


When is an ideal time for wisdom teeth removal in Charleston SC?

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, should be evaluated at the age of 14 or 15 years. The average age for wisdom teeth removal is between 17-21 years old. Evaluation by a board certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon prior to turning 20 is highly recommended. Not everyone needs their wisdom teeth out, but it is very common.


Benefits of early removal of wisdom teeth:

  • tooth roots are not fully developed
  • the surrounding bone is softer
  • there is less chance of damaging nearby nerves or other structures
  • there is less surgical risk
  • healing is generally faster and more complete


According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, approximately 50 million Americans will need to have their wisdom teeth removed before the age of 25.

The average mouth has thirty-two teeth, sixteen on top and sixteen on the bottom. Each tooth has a special name and use:

The four 1st molars come in around age six and are called “six year molars”. The four 2nd molars come in around the age 12 and are called the “12 year molars”. The four 3rd molars come in around the age of 17 (age range of 15-25) when most individuals become adults thus they are called “wiser or wisdom teeth”. When there is not enough room for the tooth to erupt properly in the mouth, it is considered impacted. They may grow in sideway (which can destroy your second molar), only partially come through the gum causing a bacteria trap resulting in recurrent infections or remain trapped beneath the gum and bone forming a fluid filled sac (cyst) or tumors that destroy the jaw or teeth surrounding this area.