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Having your wisdom teeth removed is seen by many people as an archetypal rite of passage on the journey to adulthood. This is with good reason. The wisdom teeth residing within your gums usually start to emerge in the later teenage years, often with pain or other complications.

In some cases, one or more wisdom teeth can be impacted or trapped at an angle that prevents it from emerging through the gum tissues. In time, the presence and pressure of the impacted wisdom tooth can damage the roots of the molars in the back of your mouth. This could potentially result in the loss of these otherwise healthy teeth.

Even if you have a wisdom tooth emerge from the gums without complications, it will still need to be brushed and flossed regularly to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. This can be especially troublesome as the wisdom teeth are often difficult to reach and clean.

At the same time, if a wisdom tooth has not emerged in younger years, it can slowly fuse with the bone tissues in the back of your mouth. This might require more invasive oral surgery later in life.

With all of this in mind, your dentist, Dr. Dale Gallagher, often recommends having wisdom teeth removed as a preventative measure against all these problems. While there is no hard and fast rule on what age they should be extracted, he routinely suggests waiting until all of your baby teeth have been completely replaced by your permanent teeth.

If you are concerned about your wisdom teeth in Austin, Texas, you should call Dale M. Gallagher, DDS at 512-258-1636 schedule an appointment.