Wisdom Teeth


They aren’t making you any wiser, so do you need to keep them?

We are sure you have encountered someone in your life who has had their wisdom teeth removed. Not everyone develops wisdom teeth and not every wisdom tooth needs to be removed.

Top 5 reasons to have your wisdom teeth removed

Insufficient space for them to grow in
They cause pain as they are trying to erupt
They are angled in a way that increases the risk of gum infection or damage to adjacent teeth
They develop cavities
They are positioned in a way that makes cleaning difficult
A x-ray taken by Glenbrook Dental staff showing the soon-to-erupt wisdom teeth of a patient

Best Time to Remove Wisdom Teeth

  • Typically the best way for us to track your wisdom teeth development is through a full x-ray of your upper and lower jaw
  • Ideally we start tracking the location and movement of wisdom teeth around the ages of 14-16.
  • If they are developing and growing in an unfavorable direction or angulation, we will recommend that they be extracted as early as optimally possible
  • The golden window of time to extract wisdom teeth is between the ages of 16 and 21 years.

Reasons to Extract Wisdom Teeth Earlier in Life

  • Smaller teeth – Wisdom teeth are typical less developed and therefore smaller and thus less traumatic to remove
  • Better Healing – Younger patients tend to be healthier and heal much faster
  • Bone Density – The bone is less “firm” in younger patients making teeth easier to remove

The removal of wisdom teeth requires careful examination and preparation. At Glenbrook Dental, we will assess each case individually and give our patients our best recommendations for their wellbeing, which may include being referred to see one of our trusted specialists.

To find out more details about having your wisdom teeth removed, feel free to contact us via email or phone or book in with one of our doctors for an examination so that we may better discuss how to manage your wisdom teeth.