Illustration of problematic wisdom teeth that need to be removed since they are growing in crooked

Is It Better to Remove Wisdom Teeth at a Young Age?

September 24, 2022 1:34 pm

Wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars, grow at the far back of your mouth. If there’s not enough room, which is the case for many patients, your wisdom teeth can cause problems by growing at an angle or becoming impacted beneath the gums. Problematic wisdom teeth need to be removed. The right timing will depend on your unique situation.

When is the best age to have your wisdom teeth extracted?

Because wisdom teeth usually erupt between 17 and 26 years old, most patients will have the least risk of complications if removal is performed in their late teens or early 20s. As you get older, the roots of the wisdom teeth grow deeper and can be harder to remove. Recovery can also be longer, plus adults usually have more responsibilities than teenagers that can make it harder to rest. If possible, it’s usually better to remove wisdom teeth when you’re younger before they cause problems than when you are closer to your thirties and already experiencing pain and complications.

How do you know it’s time to remove your wisdom teeth?

Problematic wisdom teeth can be associated with:

  • Pain in your jaw and teeth
  • Jaw swelling
  • Pain and pressure in your face and ears
  • Damage to neighboring teeth and roots
  • Cavities in and around your molars
  • Swollen, tender, or bleeding gums
  • Cysts and infections

If you still have your wisdom teeth, our team will check them at every exam and recommend extraction if needed.

Wisdom teeth removal in Bolivar, MO

Recovery is usually straightforward when people get their wisdom teeth out at a young age. While it can take up to 2 weeks for complete healing, some patients can return to their normal routine in 3-4 days. But if you are older and need your wisdom teeth removed, our team can guide you through the process to help you have a smooth recovery!

If you have any questions about tooth extractions or want your wisdom teeth examined, please contact us today.

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