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At What Age Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed


Illustration of wisdom teethKnowing when it's the right time to have your wisdom teeth removed can feel like a bit of a guessing game. Each individual's case is unique. Wisdom teeth, also called the third molars, are the last set of teeth we develop.  They usually pop through the gums somewhere between the ages of 17 to 25. There are two sets:  two on the top and two on the bottom.  These teeth are at the far rear of the mouth.

Why Might You Need Them Out?


While the emergence of wisdom teeth is a natural event, they can sometimes create complications if there isn't enough space in the mouth for them to grow properly. Typical issues include pain, infection, and harm to neighboring teeth. The overcrowding can cause or increase the need for orthodontia.

Some dentists suggest extraction as a preventative measure, even if no immediate problems exist. 

The Right Age for Wisdom Teeth Removal

 
Most oral surgeons and dentists often recommend the removal of wisdom teeth during the late teens or early twenties. In this age range, the roots of the wisdom teeth are not fully developed, and the bone around the teeth is less dense. This makes the extraction process and recovery faster and easier. 

Not everyone's wisdom teeth cause problems. For some people, their wisdom teeth come in without any problems, and others may never develop these teeth at all.

Factors To Consider


•  Individual Dental health: Your overall dental health plays a significant role in when your wisdom teeth should be removed. If your teeth are generally healthy and align properly, your dentist may opt for regular monitoring instead of immediate extraction.
•  Symptoms: If your wisdom teeth are causing pain, crowding, or infection, your dentist will likely suggest an extraction without delay.
•  Preventing Future Problems: Even if your wisdom teeth aren't causing any discomfort now, the potential for future issues may lead your dentist to recommend extraction as a preventative measure.


Early vs Late Wisdom Teeth Removal


Choosing for a later removal, say in your mid-twenties or later, has its own set of pros and cons. The major advantage – you've given your teeth time to show their true colors. If your wisdom teeth are going to cause problems, chances are they'll start showing symptoms by your mid-twenties. Consequently, you can avoid an unnecessary procedure. 

However, delaying the procedure could lead to complications. As you grow older, the roots of your wisdom teeth grow deeper, making extraction potentially more complex and the recovery period longer. 

Schedule a Dental Exam to Find Out More


The decision regarding when, and if, to have your wisdom teeth removed, should ultimately be determined after having a dental exam with a dentist.  The need and right time for wisdom teeth removal varies from patient to patient.  At Oral & Facial Surgery we care about your oral health and want to partner with you for what is right for your individual dental needs.  Contact us today at (509) 872-4294 to schedule an appointment.  We will examine you or your teen's wisdom teeth to decide the best route.

Two Locations to Serve You


Lewiston, ID


444 Thain Rd, Lewiston, ID 83501


Pullman, WA


1256 Bishop Blvd Suite I, Pullman, WA 99163



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Lewiston, ID:


444 Thain Rd, Lewiston, ID 83501

Phone: 986-252-8001

Fax: 208-743-1643

Hours


Mon - Fri: 8 am - 4 pm

Pullman, WA


1256 Bishop Blvd Suite I, Pullman, WA 99163

Phone: 509-872-4294

Fax: 509-330-5028

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Mon - Fri: 8 am - 4 pm

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