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Can You Be Too Old to Have Your Wisdom Teeth Extracted?

Mesial impaction of Wisdom teeth

When it comes to removing the last set of molars to form in a human mouth, the average person gets this done between the ages of 15 and 25. This age range is preferable, as most roots of the wisdom teeth are not fully formed yet, which means they are not yet firmly anchored in place. This makes it the simplest and easiest time to remove them. Compared to later in life, the surgery is often less complicated, easier to perform, and involves a relatively shorter recovery period.

This is not to say there is a cap on the age you have your wisdom teeth removed. Past the age of 25, patients can still experience impaction or infection, which will often require the act of professional extraction. If you are past the recommended age, there are a few things to keep in mind. The team at Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group has put together a guide on what to expect and what to keep an eye out for during the experience. 

Are You Too Old to Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed? 

It is never too late to have your wisdom tooth extracted. An impacted wisdom tooth is more common for adults over the age of 25 and is the result of a wisdom tooth that does not have sufficient space to grow normally and come out from the gums. Early warning signs of an impacted tooth can be gum sensitivity and jaw pain. Impaction and infection normally go hand-in-hand, as an untreated impacted tooth can disrupt the environment and cause an infection. Often, patients who have an impacted or infected wisdom tooth will experience the following symptoms:

  • Swelling of the gums or jaw
  • Jaw pain
  • Tooth pain
  • Bleeding gums
  • Sensitivity in the gums
  • Pain when chewing or biting
  • Persistent bitter taste in the mouth
  • Bad breath, even with regular brushing and flossing

These complications often result in the recommendation of a wisdom tooth extraction from a dental professional. This should be done as soon as possible so the area does not continue to cause problems. For example, a cyst can develop, your nerves can become damaged, and you can develop gum disease.

How a Qualified Oral Surgeon Can Help

No matter the age, wisdom teeth extraction requires an oral surgeon with extensive experience. The procedure requires an anesthetic and a recovery period with pain medication and dietary restrictions. As an adult, it is likely that the root of your wisdom tooth has had the time to become fully formed, so the surgical procedure may require different tools and a longer recovery time than if you had it performed as a young adult. 

Your oral surgeon will begin the process by identifying which teeth need to be extracted and their exact position. From here, your appointment for extraction will be set. It is recommended you have someone drive you to the appointment and stay with you, as you will be unable to drive yourself home afterward. Depending on the specifics of your needs, your surgeon will remove the teeth using specialized tools and minimally invasive techniques. The recovery period may last as long as up to a week and will involve slight swelling, tenderness around the surgical site, and small amounts of bleeding. 

Schedule Your Appointment Today at Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group

At Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group, our expertise shines when it comes to wisdom teeth extraction. We understand that this procedure can be daunting, and that’s why we’re dedicated to making it as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Our experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeons will thoroughly assess your wisdom teeth and provide a personalized plan for their extraction, ensuring your peace of mind throughout the process.

To embark on a journey to wisdom teeth relief, schedule your consultation today. Contact our Elizabeth office at (908) 663-5309  or use our online contact form, and let us guide you through the process with care and expertise. Your comfort and well-being are our top priorities.