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Wisdom teeth can be difficult to discuss. A lot of people aren’t sure if they have any (everyone does) or if they need to be removed. More importantly, few people know that the reasons for removing wisdom teeth are very valid – and can have hugely positive impacts on your oral health.

With that in mind, let’s take a few moments to go over the wisdom teeth removal process, a few quick facts, and other tidbits you should know when considering removal.

Get a dental checkup

Your general dentist can tell you when it’s time to remove your wisdom teeth. Not everyone’s mouth has the room to accommodate the extra molars, so if they look like they’re ready to come in but they’ll cause a crooked smile, or arrive impacted, then it’s definitely time to get them removed.

They’re generally removed to keep the integrity of your smile intact, as well as avoiding crowded teeth – which leads to more plaque buildup and a greater potential for other problems as well.

Teenage years

Generally, teenagers get their wisdom teeth removed during high school. It’s common to see them removed before orthodontic treatment, to ensure that the teeth you’re paying to have straightened will stay straight and not be affected by the growth of new teeth.

If you’re still unsure about your situation, need more information, or want to schedule a consultation appointment, call us today at 773.252.5757. Our team at DM Family Dentistry in Chicago, Illinois, can’t wait to help!