Carlsbad Children's Dentistry

Dentist for Kids in Encinitas find the wisdom teeth are usually the last of the permanent molars to emerge from the gums. The age varies, but it can primarily occur as early as age 17 or as late as 21. Some teens and young adults in Encinitas experience a completely normal tooth eruption, with ideally aligned molars that pose no health threat. Unfortunately, this is not the case for everyone.

The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) explain, wisdom teeth must meet specific criteria to avoid a required extraction. That criterion includes:

  • Completely erupted and non-impacted
  • Completely functional
  • Painless
  • Free of decay
  • Disease-free
  • Capable of being properly cleaned

If one or more of your child’s wisdom teeth do not meet these conditions, we recommend scheduling an appointment for evaluation.

Impacted wisdom teeth are one of the most common reasons for extraction. An impacted wisdom tooth is trapped partially under the gums. This can occur due to lack of space and tends to be painful, occasionally leading to infection if left untreated. Unfortunately, AAOMS estimates roughly 90 percent of teens and adults have experienced an impacted tooth. Future complications can be prevented with an extraction, eliminating the possibility of periodontal disease, infections, and damage to neighboring teeth.

Even if your child’s wisdom teeth are fully evolved in Encinitas, the Dentist for Kids in Encinitas may recommend removing them as a preventive measure. Fully developed third molars can often interfere with a healthy bite, leading to problems with tooth and jaw alignment. Carlsbad Children’s Dentistry at 760-633-1131 will be happy to provide an evaluation to determine the best course of action.