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Wisdom teeth begin to grow in between the ages of 17-22. This set of teeth is also known as the third molars and are the last set of teeth to erupt. If wisdom teeth grow in properly and are correctly aligned, they won’t cause a problem. But it’s much more common for the wisdom teeth to come in incorrectly and cause crowding, which means they will need to be removed.
No rule says that every person has to have his or her wisdom tooth removed, but there are a few situations in which removal will be required for healthy teeth. These situations are:
Other common causes for wisdom tooth removal include:
Wisdom teeth are also frequently removed prior to receiving orthodontic treatment. This is because the eruption of the wisdom teeth can cause straightened teeth to shift back into their original positions.
For more information about your child’s wisdom teeth and why they may need to be removed, please contact Little Rockies Pediatric Dentistry here in Parker, Colorado.