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When to Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

If you’re over the age of 18, it’s likely that you’ll need to have your wisdom teeth removed at some point in the future. This is usually done in your late teens or early twenties, but it’s possible to have your teeth extracted later in life if they’re causing a problem. If you’re on the fence about whether to have your wisdom teeth removed, follow these guidelines. 

Pain 

If you experience mild to severe pain in the back of your mouth where your wisdom teeth are making an effort to erupt, it’s usually wise to have the teeth removed. If the wisdom teeth become impacted, you’ll likely experience even more pain in the future if the teeth remain trapped under the gum line. 

Infection 

Wisdom teeth can often cause infection in the mouth in the area between an impacted tooth and the gum line. Infection in the mouth and jaw area has the potential to cause significant problems. If you believe that your gums are infected, speak with a dentist right away to discuss having your wisdom teeth removed. 

Age

If you’re a young adult, this is the perfect time in your life to schedule a wisdom tooth extraction. For many young adults, wisdom teeth are easy to extract because the roots aren’t developed enough to cause a long recovery time. If you’re interested in learning more about wisdom teeth removal, contact The Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center, P.A.



The Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center, P.A.
CLAY B. THAMES, D.D.S.
SCOTT F. THAMES, D.M.D.

Hattiesburg Office
6284 U.S. Highway 98
Hattiesburg, MS 39402
Phone: 601-271-2356

Laurel Office
325 S. 13th Ave.
Laurel, MS 39440
Phone: 601-425-2356

Business Hours:
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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