Researchers say about 35% of the human population is born at least one missing wisdom tooth. Chances are your teen is part of the rest of the population who still has theirs, so an exam at Prime Dental Care is a good idea to have them checked.
Wisdom teeth are the last of your permanent teeth to erupt. They start forming around 7-10 years of age, but a lot of that development happens where the eye can’t see them. Wisdom teeth don’t usually erupt, or come through the gums, until the mid to late teens. This is why it is important for children and teens to have regular checkups as they’re growing. For some, wisdom teeth don’t cause issues until later on in life, so if you are in your late 20s, you’ll still keep an eye on them.
Why an Exam is Important?
X-rays are important to monitor the development of your teen’s wisdom teeth. A special x-ray called a panoramic film will be taken so our dentist can see the position of the wisdom teeth and how they are positioned. If the teeth do not have enough room to grow in (impacted) or are growing sideways, it can lead to an infection or cause problems with the adjacent teeth. If this is the case, extractions may be recommended. These types of issues can only be detected during a visit with a dentist, which is why teenagers should have their wisdom teeth examined regularly.
If you have a teenager who has not had their wisdom teeth checked yet, please schedule an appointment with Prime Dental Care today.
Posted on behalf of Prime Dental Care
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Princeton, NJ, 08540