At What Age Should I Get My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

If you have pain or swelling in your wisdom teeth, you may need extraction soon. However, do you still need to get them extracted even when they are not bothering you? Wisdom teeth are notorious for causing teeth misalignment and pain in your mouth. It is thus essential to know the appropriate age to get them extracted for your good.


The Extraction Process

The process of extracting wisdom teeth depends on your dental condition. There are some cases where extraction is as simple as any tooth removal process. But there are other cases where your dentist removes the wisdom tooth in sections to evade too much disturbance of your bone tissue.


Your oral surgeon can determine whether you will receive a local anesthetic depending on the nature of your procedure. General anesthesia helps if you are anxious or your situation is very complicated.


Your dentist in Weston will cut an incision on your gum to expose your jawbone and tooth. They will then remove the bone surrounding your tooth root. After doing so, they begin extracting the tooth whole or dividing it into sections to reduce damaging the surrounding bone. Your doctor will clean the tooth socket then stitch shut the wound.


Signs You Need to Remove Your Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom tooth problems can advance fast. Below are some symptoms to indicate you need a wisdom tooth extraction. You should contact your dentist if you have the following symptoms:

  • Jaw stiffness.
  • Difficulty eating.
  • Irritation and pain at the back of your mouth.
  • Swollen gums.
  • Bleeding gums.
  • Oral infection signs such as bad breath, jaw tenderness, and redness.
  • Gum disease.
  • Bone loss or extensive tooth cavity.
  • Jaw tumors or cysts.
  • Shifting alignment of teeth.
  • Soft tissue infection.


At What Age Should You Remove Your Wisdom Teeth?

There is no set rule for the required age to remove wisdom teeth. But typically, extraction is ideal between your early 20s. Your dentist may even recommend removal earlier, depending on the structure of your mouth.


Your wisdom teeth are likely to protrude through the gums in your early 20s. You should consult your dentist to know whether they have protruded enough for extraction. If your oral surgeon considers them underdeveloped, you may need to wait a little longer before extraction. 


You have fewer risks of complications during this period. Some studies show that older patients experience more intricacies than younger patients.


Benefits of Removing Your Wisdom Teeth

  • Below are some of the benefits of removing your wisdom tooth:
  • Fewer orthodontic issues due to less clutter.
  • Prevents damaging the rest of your teeth.
  • Prevents jawbone damage.
  • Pain relief.
  • Reduces dental infection and disease.

Is Wisdom Teeth Extraction Necessary?

You have the option of either removing your wisdom tooth or not. However, extraction is ideal to avoid the odds of getting oral health problems. You are likely to have oral problems if you leave your third molars in place. They can erupt partially or cause tooth misalignment as they grow crooked.


You may also struggle to clean them because of their positioning. As a result, you can experience tooth decay, gum disease, or infection. Some patients get oral cysts in their jawbones, damaging their teeth, bone tissues, and nerves.


For more about wisdom teeth removal, call Weston Center at (954) 507-6441 for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at our office in Weston, Florida.

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