Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last set of teeth to develop and usually appear between the ages of 17 to 25 years old. While not all individuals will experience issues with their wisdom teeth, some may need to have them extracted. The question then arises, what is the right age for wisdom tooth extraction?
The right age for wisdom tooth extraction
Determine the right time for extraction
It is recommended that patients undergo a dental exam in their mid-teens to assess the positioning and development of their wisdom teeth. This is because younger patients typically have less developed roots and softer bone tissue, which can make the extraction process less complicated and less painful. This also allows for early detection of any potential issues and can help determine the right time for extraction.
Moreover, if a patient’s wisdom teeth are impacted or growing at an angle, it is typically recommended that they have them extracted as soon as possible to prevent any further complications. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, swelling, infection, and even damage to adjacent teeth
Reduce the risk of complications
For patients whose wisdom teeth are not causing any issues, it may be recommended that they wait until their late teens or early twenties to have them extracted. At this age, the roots of the wisdom teeth have not fully developed, making the extraction process easier and less painful. Additionally, waiting until this age allows for more complete development of the surrounding bone tissue, which can reduce the risk of complications.
In summary, there is no single age that is universally recommended for wisdom tooth extraction. The timing of the procedure will depend on each patient’s individual circumstances. It is important to consult with a dentist or an oral surgeon, who is specialist , to determine the right time for extraction and to ensure that the procedure is performed safely and effectively.
We have the experience
The time it takes to remove a wisdom tooth varies, given the complexity of the case. Dr Sanjeev has vast experience in oral surgical procedures and is comfortable in removing most wisdom teeth. Dr Sanjeev has also had training as a post-graduate specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, in India.