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Is There an Age Limit for Wisdom Teeth Extractions?

March 1, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drlee @ 3:15 am
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Many people choose to have their wisdom teeth taken out when they’re young adults, usually between 17 and 25 years old. By doing this, they can prevent several dental problems that can come up when these molars don’t come in properly. But if you’re in your 30s or even older, you might be thinking it’s too late for this procedure. The good news is that there’s no strict age limit for getting your wisdom teeth removed. Read on to learn about why it’s still possible to have them taken out if needed.

Why Would You Need Wisdom Tooth Extractions as an Adult?

Often, dentists suggest removing your wisdom teeth if they might cause problems later on. If your dentist didn’t talk about removing them when you were younger, it’s probably because they didn’t see any future issues. Some people can even keep their wisdom teeth without any problems their whole life.

Even if your wisdom teeth didn’t cause problems when you were younger, things can change as you get older. You might develop infections or cysts around them, or they could make your other teeth move.

That’s why it’s important to see your dentist every six months. They can keep an eye on your wisdom teeth and check if there are any issues. If they find something wrong, they might suggest removing them to keep your smile healthy.

What Should You Expect After Your Procedure?

You can talk to your dentist about removing your wisdom teeth at any age. But as we get older, our bones get harder, which can make the removal process a bit trickier. It might be more complex than when you were younger, and you might need more time to heal afterward. Your dentist will let you know what to expect and how to best take care of your mouth during the healing process.

Even with these challenges, you can still have your wisdom teeth removed and keep your mouth healthy. Your dentist will give you tips for a faster recovery, like keeping your mouth clean, getting enough rest, and taking the right pain medication.

No matter your age, it’s never too late to consider wisdom tooth extraction. Talk to your dentist if you’re thinking about it, and they’ll guide you through the process to keep your smile healthy and bright.

About the Practice

Residents of Marietta and nearby areas have a trusted partner in Dr. Jeff Lee and the caring team at Muskingum Valley Oral Surgery. Our skilled and friendly staff is here to help with various treatments, including wisdom tooth extractions for people of all ages. We understand that each patient is unique, and we’re committed to providing personalized care to ensure your comfort and well-being. If you’re considering wisdom tooth removal or have any questions about dental care, we invite you to visit our website or give us a call at (740) 236-9392 to schedule a consultation.

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