Wisdom Teeth

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Wisdom teeth removal may be needed for impacted teeth or those that remain beneath the gums, or being to grown in improperly positioned. A dentist can help determine if they need to be removed.

To learn more about wisdom teeth removal visit the following pages:

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are molars that form at the back of your mouth. Often referred to as third molars, they are coined “wisdom” teeth because they typically develop during your late teens or early twenties. However, because your mouth may not possess adequate space for this third set of molars, issues with healthy growth and development may occur. For instance, if you do not have enough room for these teeth to emerge, their growth may disrupt the alignment of the rest of your teeth.

Should I Have Them Removed?

Healthy wisdom teeth developing successfully may not require removal. However, if they are impacted, have grown in incorrectly, or are threatening the alignment of your teeth, extraction is often necessary. In addition, partial eruptions may lead to secondary issues like bacterial infections.

Am I Too Old For Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Dentists often prefer to remove them in a patient’s young adult years to prevent potential negative effects. Roots are typically still in the process of forming, making removal an easier process. Removal in your thirties and beyond, however, can be a viable option.

Schedule A Wisdom Tooth Extraction Today

At the offices of Shawn Hofkes, DDS, we are dedicated to helping you achieve a healthy, brilliant smile. Please call 562-584-4082 today to schedule your dental appointment with us. We welcome patients of all ages from Cerritos, CA, and all surrounding communities, such as Lakewood, Long Beach, Buena Park, and more.