Pediatric Dentist Dearborn, MI

What Happens if You Don’t Remove Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom Teeth Pediatric Dentists Dearborn, MI

Not all teenagers need their wisdom teeth extracted. Yet, about 85% of Americans will need wisdom tooth extraction at some point during their lives.

Our pediatric dentists monitor wisdom teeth as they form in your child's jaw at around age 10. We then track the trajectory of wisdom teeth to determine if they need extraction.

Continue reading to learn how our wisdom teeth removal dentists protect oral health.

What are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are third molars that erupt during your child's late teens to early twenties. In general, wisdom teeth erupt between the ages of 17 and 25.

Does Everybody Need Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Removing wisdom teeth early can help your child avoid health issues, such as crowding. Often, there isn't enough room in the jaw for wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth can also come in crooked and get stuck behind other teeth. In either situation, our pediatric dentists would recommend extracting impacted wisdom teeth.

Keep in mind that not all teenagers need wisdom teeth removal. In fact, wisdom teeth don't need extraction if they're coming in straight and there's enough room in the jaw. Each patient is different. This is why it's important you take your teen to see one of our pediatric dentists. That way, we'll be able to come up with the best treatment plan for your child.

Tooth Decay

Plaque loves to hide where toothbrush bristles can't reach. If your child's wisdom teeth come in crooked, they'll push other teeth out of the way to make room in the jaw. Once this happens, it'll be harder to brush and floss overlapping teeth.

Plaque loves to eat sugar left behind on teeth and gums. After it eats sugar, plaque produces an acid that erodes tooth enamel. Plaque will also harden into tartar over time, which your child won't be able to remove from home. Only a dental hygienist or dentist can remove tartar. If left untreated, tartar buildup increases your child's risk of cavities and gingivitis.

Crooked, Crowded Teeth

Crooked wisdom teeth push other teeth out of the way as they erupt, undoing years of orthodontics. You spent a lot of money straightening your child's teeth with braces or aligners. Don't drop the ball now. Listen to our pediatric dentists if they recommend wisdom teeth removal. You can trust us to have your child's best interests in mind.


Often, impacted wisdom teeth can get stuck behind other teeth. When this happens, the tooth may only come through the gums a little before getting stuck. This creates perfect conditions for a bacterial infection called pericoronitis. Pericoronitis happens when the gums surrounding impacted wisdom teeth get swollen and infected.

Our pediatric dentists will keep track of your child's wisdom teeth as they get older. That way, you won't have to deal with surprise wisdom tooth pain a few years from now. This is just one of the many ways our wisdom teeth removal dentists look out for your child. We're here to help!

Call Children's Dental Care!

Don't ignore wisdom tooth pain! Our wisdom teeth removal dentists serve patients in Dearborn, Canton, & Livonia. Call Children's Dental Care today to request an appointment for your son or daughter.