Why Remove the Teeth Early?

by Dr. James Springer 8. February 2014 07:39

People between the ages of 16 and 19 should have their wisdom teeth evaluated.  If they need to be removed, it should be considered before age 20 when generally fewer complications occur.  At a younger age, tooth roots are not fully developed, the surrounding bone is softer, and there is less chance of damaging nearby nerves or other structures.  There is also less surgical risk and healing is generally faster.

Extractions of wisdom teeth may be performed by a general dentist.  If your dentist anticipates any special care will be needed he, or she, may refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.  An oral and maxillofacial surgeon is a dentist who specializes in surgery and the removal of wisdom teeth.
 
 
Trivia:
  • A 250,000 mechanical mouth developed by dental researchers can duplicate a year's worth of chewing in 24 hours and takes four bites a second, drastically speeding up the testing of dental materials.
  • Certain cheeses including Aged Chedder, Swiss and Montery Jack, have been found to pretect teeth

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