Patients who are having their wisdom teeth removed are encouraged to do so before they reach their mid-twenties. The roots of the wisdom teeth are shorter in younger patients, so the teeth can be removed more easily. Additionally, younger patients tend to recover more quickly from the wisdom tooth removal procedure.
The need for wisdom tooth removal often can be detected at a relatively young age. Through imaging, such as X-rays, our dentist can determine the likelihood that the wisdom teeth will become impacted and recommend an appropriate treatment plan and discuss the risks and benefits involved with the procedure.
Although it is recommended for patients to have wisdom teeth removed when in their late teens or early twenties, older patients still can be candidates for the procedure. Our dentist will review the specifics of your case and inform you of the recommended course of action.
Some patients may be reluctant to pursue a tooth extraction—especially one that usually involves a surgical procedure—if they’re not experiencing any bothersome symptoms. Extraction may be recommended due to the risks associated with impacted wisdom teeth, which include the following:
- Infection or abscesses, due to the difficulty of keeping the rearmost portion of the mouth clean and free from bacteria
- Damage to and misalignment surrounding teeth as impacted wisdom teeth continue to try to erupt
- Cysts and tumors
- Increased risk of gum disease in the area
Although surgery is often needed to extract impacted wisdom teeth in order to remove surrounding bone first, the procedure still typically takes place in an outpatient setting with local anesthesia and sedation, if the patient wishes. Patients who don’t experience complications can resume their normal activities within a matter of days. You will also get extensive instructions on post-operative care to reduce the likelihood that you’ll develop any complications.
Younger is better when it comes to wisdom tooth removal. If you are approaching your mid-twenties, check in with our team to see if you should be considering this procedure. Contact the office of Dr. Amer to set up a consultation today!