Wisdom Teeth as an Older Teen or Young Adult
Your wisdom teeth start to erupt between the ages of 17 to 25, as they are the last set of teeth that will erupt in your oral development. During these ages, your teeth will either begin to erupt partially through the gums, fully erupt, or never break through the gums.
The best age to get your wisdom teeth removed if they are impacted is as early as possible. Young teens can have their wisdom teeth removed as early as 13 or 14 if they have started to develop. However, it’s more common for them to be removed at 17 or 18 years old.
We can take x-rays to see if the wisdom teeth are impacted before they have started to cause any symptoms. Since impacted wisdom teeth will need to be removed at some point, it’s best to do it when you’re younger and the tooth roots have not fully grown.
This makes them easier to remove and reduces the risk of complications. Having these teeth removed before you’re 25 will prevent pain and complications because the tooth roots are not fully formed and are less dense.
What Can I Do About My Headaches?
Wisdom teeth can cause headaches by placing pressure on your jaw as they erupt. Impacted wisdom teeth which can’t fully break through the gums or are erupting at an angle are even more likely to cause headaches. This is because changes to your bite can occur if there isn’t enough space for your wisdom teeth. They may even be pressing against your other teeth. If your bite becomes misaligned, your lower jaw will compensate which can cause pain in the form of headaches.
If your wisdom teeth are causing headaches, the best cure is to have them removed. However, in the meantime, you can get relief by taking aspirin, rinsing your mouth with a saline solution, and alternating between applying a cold compress and a heat pack.
Need Your Wisdom Teeth Removed? Schedule Your Consultation At Strahler Dental Partners Today!
If your wisdom teeth are placing pressure on your surrounding teeth, getting infected, causing pain, or other oral health problems, you should have them removed. Contact us at Strahler Dental Partners to schedule an extraction consultation with Dr. Strahler or Dr. Penshorn.