Millions of people get their wisdom teeth removed each year. Many of these people are teenagers, but there are also countless adult who opt to have this surgery. Is there an ideal age to get wisdom teeth removed? Is this procedure always necessary? Your dentist is here to discuss these important questions about wisdom teeth extractions in Selden.
Younger Is Often Better
Many people get their wisdom teeth removed between the ages of 17 and 25, although some people have the surgery at an even younger age. As long as a person’s wisdom teeth are mostly developed, they aren’t too young to get them extracted. It’s also possible to have the surgery after the age of 25, though dentists often recommend that patients get their wisdom teeth extracted when they are still quite young. That is because:
- If the roots of the wisdom teeth are at least two-thirds developed, but not developed all the way, the extraction surgery may be easier.
- Youth aids recovery. Young people tend to bounce back from surgery more quickly. Therefore, they may have to take less time off of work or school when they get their wisdom teeth removed.
- Removing wisdom teeth at a young age can prevent problems with these third molars before they start.
Does That Mean That Young Adults Must Get Their Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Wisdom teeth can cause serious issues for your oral health. They may push your other teeth out of alignment or even increase your risk of infection. They are also more difficult to clean than your other teeth and are therefore more vulnerable to decay.
However, you aren’t necessarily destined for dental disaster if you do not get your third molars removed. Many dentists recommend extraction as a purely precautionary measure. Just like keeping your wisdom teeth presents certain risks, getting them removed also has its downsides. It may take a week or longer to recover from the surgery, and although the risks of the procedure are minimal, there is still a small chance of complications.
How to Decide When (and if) to Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed
Regular dental appointments are essential for preventing problems with your wisdom teeth. Through regular checkups and X-rays, your dentist in Selden can monitor your third molars and let you know if it looks like they may cause you problems in the future. Then, you can discuss all of the pros and cons of the extraction surgery and make an informed decision.
It is often a good idea to get wisdom teeth removed at a young age, but there are no hard and fast rules for this type of thing. Your “dentist near me” can help you decide when and if to get this procedure.
About the Dentist
Dr. Stephen Scott-Lavino has been practicing dentistry for over three decades, but time has not dimmed his passion for helping his patients enjoy healthy smiles. If you would like to speak to him about your wisdom teeth or any other oral health concerns, please contact our office at 631-698-9400.