There is no specific age that wisdom teeth must be extracted by, however it is recommended that wisdom teeth be removed in early adulthood. Wisdom teeth, or the third molars, can be successfully removed later in life, but early removal is recommended to limit risks involved with the surgery and healing time.
The Best Age for Wisdom Teeth Removal Varies
Typically, wisdom teeth develop and appear in your mouth between the ages of 17 and 25. However, all people, and their teeth, are different, so the growth of your wisdom teeth should be monitored by a dentist to determine if and when the molars should be removed. However, keep in mind that As we get older, the wisdom teeth roots grow longer and more entrenched in the jaw. It can be more complicated to remove wisdom teeth in older patients, and it may take longer to heal following the surgery.
Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Have Wisdom Teeth Removed
It is always best to get wisdom teeth removed before they begin to cause problems. Some complications that can occur if you wait to get wisdom teeth removed include:
- Impacted wisdom teeth. The third molar becomes impacted when it does not have sufficient room for growth. This can cause pain and damage to other teeth.
- Tooth decay. Because wisdom teeth may be hard to reach with a toothbrush, they are more susceptible to gum disease and tooth decay.
- Infection. When wisdom teeth erupt partially through the gums, this site serves as a breeding ground for bacteria that can eventually turn into a painful infection.
- Tumors or cysts. Wisdom teeth can become so impacted that tumors and/or cysts can form around the third molars, and eventually lead to serious damage to the jawbone and other teeth.
Wisdom teeth removal is a routine oral surgery procedure, but patients should still discuss any concerns about wisdom tooth extraction, including risks and benefits, with their oral surgeon as part of the treatment planning process. Austin Oral Surgery’s team of surgeons has extensive training in the removal of wisdom teeth. They are dedicated to providing exceptional, individualized oral health care in a safe and compassionate environment.
For questions about wisdom teeth removal or to schedule an appointment, please contact Austin Oral Surgery’s Patient Service Team. The Austin Oral Surgery team will be happy to address any of your questions or concerns.