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Why Does Age Matter During Wisdom Tooth Extraction?

Posted on 4/1/2024 by Giri Palani
Wisdom tooth extraction is a common dental procedure many individuals undergo at some point in their lives. However, one crucial factor that significantly influences the process is age. Understanding why age matters during wisdom tooth extraction can help individuals make informed decisions about their dental health.

Why Age Matters

Root Development

Wisdom teeth typically develop in your late teens and early twenties. Their roots are still relatively short and have not fully formed during this time. This makes them easier for an oral surgeon to extract, leading to a smoother procedure and potentially faster healing.

Bone Density

As we age, our jawbone density increases. This can make it more challenging to remove wisdom teeth later in life, requiring more complex surgical techniques and potentially extending recovery time.

The Benefits Of Early Extraction

According to the American Dental Association, there are several potential benefits to having your wisdom teeth removed earlier rather than later. These benefits include:

Preventing Orthodontic Issues

Keeping wisdom teeth can cause problems like misalignment or crowding of the neighboring teeth, which can be avoided by addressing this issue at a younger age. Additionally, it can maintain the alignment achieved through orthodontic treatment and eliminates the need for future interventions.

More Effortless Healing

Younger patients heal faster and experience less discomfort after surgery. This is because younger patients have a higher metabolic rate, which promotes faster tissue regeneration and repair.

Is It Too Late if I Am Older?

Consult our dentist to determine the best time to remove your wisdom teeth. They can evaluate your specific situation, including the condition of your wisdom teeth, overall oral health, and any potential risks, to recommend the best timing for extraction.

So, whether you are in your late teens or well into adulthood, remember that age is just one factor to consider when it comes to wisdom tooth extraction. Scheduling regular dental checkups and discussing your wisdom teeth with your dentist is the key to making informed decisions for your oral health.

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