When to be Concerned About Wisdom Teeth

When you get right down to it, worrying often isn’t very helpful. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a time for concern. Wisdom teeth are a good example. For a toddler at an initial checkup, there is no need to worry about wisdom teeth. These third molars (the dental designation of wisdom teeth) emerge in young adults usually between the ages of about 17 and 25. Regular checkups and dental x-rays help keep an eye on developing wisdom teeth. Your dentist can discuss with you when wisdom teeth might need attention.

When Wisdom Teeth are Impacted

Impacted wisdom teeth are teeth that are trapped in the bone of the jaw by the gums, or hemmed in by teeth that are already in place. Whatever the cause, impacted wisdom teeth will not be able to take their proper place at the back of the mouth. In many cases, the problem of impacted wisdom teeth can be predicted from x-rays. Your dentist may alert you to causes for concern, and discuss further consultation with experts, about removing the wisdom teeth.

When There Is Not Room for Wisdom Teeth

When there is not room for wisdom teeth, that is a cause for concern. Perhaps the teeth already in place have found good positions in a comfortable smile. Adding new teeth into the arch could push teeth out of alignment. This may disrupt years of work from braces, or it may mean that a bridge or a crown no longer fits properly. The bite (how top and bottom teeth meet when the mouth is closed) can be negatively affected.

When It Will Be Difficult to Brush Properly

Wisdom teeth are the furthest from the front of the mouth, and they still need brushing and flossing to stay healthy. They will be just as prone to cavities, and to gum disease, as teeth that are much easier to reach. Your dentist may express concern if it appears that wisdom teeth will difficult to reach with your toothbrush and dental floss.


Combining experience in oral and maxillofacial surgery with a genuine care for their patients’ health and comfort, the team at Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery is ready to improve the health and beauty of smiles in the Sonoma County and North Bay area. To schedule a consultation, contact our office by calling 707-545-4625 (Santa Rosa) or 707-584-1630 (Rohnert Park).