Wisdom Teeth & Teens: A Parents’ FAQ for Wisdom Teeth

Can teens get wisdom teeth removed?

Yes, many teens get their wisdom teeth removed. For some teens, it is because they have an impacted wisdom tooth or are experiencing pain, swelling, and other symptoms. Others get their wisdom teeth removed as a pre-emptive measure to minimize the risk of complications later in life and to prevent overcrowding of their permanent teeth. The surgery is more straightforward when you are in your teens or twenties because the roots have not fully developed. They are less likely to impinge on a nerve and are easier to remove.

What are my kid’s wisdom teeth coming in? What age is normal?

Wisdom teeth typically come in when you are in your teens or twenties, an age-related to learning, hence the term “wisdom teeth.” However, they can erupt as early as age 13 or 14. In most teens, the wisdom teeth come in when they are 17-19.

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What is the youngest age to get wisdom teeth removed?

Unless your child is experiencing symptoms, it is best to have their wisdom teeth evaluated yearly by a dentist or oral surgeon. While the preferred age for removal is between ages 16-19, some children develop their wisdom teeth sooner and, as a result, may require surgery earlier than others.

How do you know if your wisdom teeth are coming in?

There are several signs your child’s wisdom teeth may be coming in. If they show any of the following symptoms, they should be evaluated by a dentist or oral surgeon as soon as possible.

  • Jaw or cheek pain
  • Swollen gums at the back of the mouth
  • Swelling of the cheeks
  • Tender or bleeding gums
  • Recurring headaches
  • An unpleasant taste in the mouth or chronic bad breath
  • Chronic toothache near the back of the mouth
  • Difficulty opening the mouth wide
  • Teeth shifting or moving out of alignment

 Can wisdom teeth come out naturally?

If you mean can wisdom teeth erupt fully and stay in place, yes. It can happen, but it is not common. A third molar often comes in only partially or becomes impacted in the jawbone. In either case, surgical tooth removal can prevent future problems and infections.

When can my child return to school after wisdom teeth removal?

Most teens can return to school after 3 or 4 days at home. Some may return sooner, but it is best not to push your child to resume activities until they feel up to it.

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