The process of wisdom teeth removal is one that is typically more comfortable and less problematic when the patient is relatively young and healthy. For most patients, the ideal age range is between 17 and 23 years old. Though wisdom teeth can be removed at any age, there are a few considerable reasons to support your decision to have the teeth removed earlier rather than later.
Faster healing. A young patient who is in good health can expect to recover from oral surgery in only a few days. A youthful immune system can quickly recover from the procedure with few anticipated complications. As we age, underlying health conditions and medications can contribute to a slower and more difficult healing period.
More predictable procedure. During the late teens and early twenties, the jaw bone is less dense and the tooth roots are sometimes unformed. This enables your oral surgeon to remove the teeth swiftly and smoothly. In contrast, the procedure for removing wisdom teeth in older patients can become more complicated due to the presence of dense bone and fully formed root anatomy.
Decreased risk for dental diseases. The wisdom teeth have been known to contribute to a great deal of dental diseases. Tooth decay, gum disease, and cysts can compromise your health and damage the neighboring teeth. Choosing to have the wisdom teeth removed can reduce your risk for these unnecessary problems. Ignoring your dentist’s recommendation to have the teeth removed can heighten your chances of facing one or more of these preventable conditions.
It is important to realize that age alone is not the factor that determines when the wisdom teeth should be removed. In fact, many adults will not need to have the teeth removed at all. A complete examination by an experienced oral surgeon is the only definitive way to determine if the wisdom teeth could pose a risk to your health either today or in the future.
To schedule your examination and to learn more, call Dallas Oral Surgery Associates for your appointment today.
The decision to remove the wisdom teeth is unique to each patient. There is no steadfast rule stating that wisdom teeth must be removed simply because they exist. Instead, the risks and benefits must be considered individually in order to determine when the teeth should be removed.
Patients who are considering wisdom teeth removal in Dallas should schedule a consultation with our experienced oral surgeon as soon as possible. Generally, the earlier the procedure is scheduled, the better the outcome and recovery of the treatment.
Wisdom teeth that are unable to completely grow into the proper position are often recommended for extraction. These teeth are difficult or impossible to clean and can contribute to a number of unpleasant dental conditions including:
- Bone loss
- Periodontal disease
- Damage to adjacent teeth
- Nerve damage
- Bad breath/ Halitosis
Your oral surgeon may also recommend wisdom teeth removal if the teeth are not functional. In other words, if the wisdom teeth do not serve the purpose of chewing and providing proper support for the neighboring teeth, their inherent risk becomes greater than their benefit.
The procedure for removing the wisdom teeth can be customized according to the needs of each patient. Depending upon the condition and position of the wisdom teeth, your oral surgeon may recommend a simple extraction or a surgical extraction.
It is easy to understand why many patients are concerned about the level of discomfort that can accompany a surgical procedure. Your oral surgeon provides safe local anesthetics and various levels of sedation in order to make the procedure as comfortable and relaxing as possible.
A consultation with the oral surgeon can also help to eliminate some of the mystery and anxiety surrounding wisdom teeth removal. The consultation is your opportunity to meet the oral surgeon and staff, learn more about what to expect during the procedure, and how to plan for your recovery.
If you are considering wisdom teeth removal or would like more information about your wisdom teeth, we encourage you to call our experienced team at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates today for your appointment.