Wisdom teeth normally erupt between the ages of 18 to 24 years of age. It is common for wisdom teeth to be impacted, meaning there is no space for them to erupt and it is not common for wisdom teeth to erupt into the right position even if space is available.
The reasons for not having this space are:
- Our soft diets do not cause wear on our other teeth
- It is vital to save our other teeth as they have normally erupted into the correct position. So few other teeth are being extracted
- The lower jaw has not grown enough to accommodate the wisdom teeth
Should an Oral Surgeon Remove my Wisdom Teeth?
This depends on how difficult they are to remove. For most people the idea of being asleep (general anaesthetic) during the procedure is preferable to local anaesthetic in the dental chair.
However it may suit some to have the procedure done under local anaesthetic because they do not incur the cost of a hospital visit or the anaesthetist’s fee.
In all cases your options are explained, so you are able to make an informed decision that bests suits you.