Wisdom Teeth Extraction

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Wisdom teeth appear behind the back molars; removal of wisdom teeth is important when the teeth have no room in the mouth to grow.

  • Wisdom teeth usually make their first appearance in young adults between the ages of 15 to 25.
  • Because most people's mouths are too small for these four additional molars, an extraction (removal) procedure is often necessary.
  • The following symptoms may indicate that the wisdom teeth have erupted and surfaced, and should be removed before they become impacted:
    • pain
    • infection in the mouth
    • facial swelling
    • swelling of the gumline in the back of the mouth

Most oral health specialists will recommend an immediate removal of the wisdom teeth, as early removal will help to prevent problems, such as an impacted tooth that destroys the second molar.

Experience counts

The surgeons in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Boston Children's Hospital have performed countless numbers of wisdom teeth extractions. They'll assess your child's unique situation and then develop a customized treatment plan.

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