At what age should I have my wisdom teeth removed?

You may realize that it’s important to have your wisdom teeth extracted, but did you know that it also matters when you have the procedure done? For the best results, the wisdom teeth should be removed before a patient reaches age 25, and many experts are now recommending extraction during the late teen years.

The wisdom teeth earned their name because they typically erupted between ages 17 and 25—“the age of wisdom”—in our early human ancestors who actually had sufficient room in the jaw to hold them. So, if your wisdom teeth haven’t come in before then, they’ll need to be removed by an oral surgeon. [pullquote]For the best results, the wisdom teeth should be removed before a patient reaches age 25, and many experts are now recommending extraction during the late teen years.[/pullquote]

You don’t need to wait until age 25 to decide if your wisdom teeth need to be extracted though. An oral surgeon can use radiography to determine whether your jaw has sufficient room to allow the wisdom teeth to erupt in patients as young as 15 years old.

Schedule an appointment for wisdom teeth extraction in SLC during your late teens or early twenties for the best outcomes. As you get older, the wisdom teeth’s roots become more solid and longer, and the procedure to remove them is more challenging, increasing the risk of complications.

At a certain point, the roots can become so long that the oral surgeon may need to work around sensitive nerves in removing them.

Even if your wisdom teeth are not causing you pain or problems, you should have your wisdom teeth removed at a relatively young age. If you wait until a problem occurs, that issue may even present an obstacle to performing the procedure.

Of course, if you are an older patient who still has your wisdom teeth, you can and should still pursue extraction. You will need to plan for a longer recovery time. Not only do younger patients generally heal more quickly from such a procedure, but it takes more time for older patients to bounce back from a more complex wisdom teeth extraction.

Nearly everyone will need to have their wisdom teeth removed at some point, and it’s best to do it sooner rather than later. Contact our office to learn more about the process if your wisdom teeth are still present in your mouth.