Many individuals will require to have their wisdom teeth removed at some point in their life. The question comes up, however, what is the best age to have wisdom teeth removed? Our team at Landmark Smiles provide high-quality treatments to all of our patients in order to benefit their unique situation and smile. If you are in need of wisdom tooth removal, then continue reading on to learn what the best age to have your tooth removed.
Most dentists prefer to extract a wisdom tooth in a patient between the ages of 18 to 24. However, there are circumstances that allow for earlier or later removal. Wisdom teeth provide no real Necessity in our day-to-day lives. They are typically the last teeth to emerge and are done so at a later age. The problem arises when there is not enough space for the wisdom teeth to fit in an individual’s smile. This can lead to a list of other complications including cysts, bacterial growth, and infections. They can also come in crooked or grow incorrectly. When this happens, it is normally best to remove the tooth in order to avoid other issues.
Impacted wisdom teeth occur when the tooth grows at an angle and pushes on the surrounding teeth. This situation leaves an individual with pain an increased risk of developing an infection.
Prior to a tooth extraction, your dentist will supply you with the best form of anesthesia in order to avoid any pain or discomfort. They may make an incision to expose the roots and safely take the tooth out either as a whole or in pieces. The hole is cleaned out properly in order to avoid infection and then stitched up to begin the healing process.
It is best to remove a wisdom tooth before the roots take place, as an extraction is harder after the age of 24. Every situation is different, therefore contact your dentist for more information.