Am I Too Old To Have My Wisdom Teeth Extracted?
Having our wisdom teeth extracted isn’t something that anyone looks forward to, but if you’re one of the 50% of Americans who have wisdom teeth come in it may be part of your future. If your wisdom teeth came in a long time ago but you never had them removed, they could still be causing problems with your teeth and the misalignment that results from them forcing their way in is imminently correctable. This is a procedure that is typically done for those younger than age 25, so you may be wondering if it’s too late to have anything done about your wisdom teeth.
When Is Wisdom Teeth Removal The Right Choice?
There is a subset of those who get their wisdom teeth who are able to accommodate their presence in their mouths, but for most people its a problem that impacts the health of their entire mouth. Even for those for whom there’s plenty of room caring for wisdom teeth can be difficult due to their placement at the extreme rear of the gums. Further, if your wisdom teeth have just never quite come in all the way they can still be susceptible to the growth of bacteria, tumors, and if not aligned properly with the rest of the teeth in your mouth can cause issues for them down the road. Any of these can be a good reason to have your wisdom teeth removed later in life.
When Am I Too Old To Have Them Removed?
There really isn’t a ‘too old’ to have this procedure done if the need is great enough, but it’s better to have them done earlier when the jaw is still hardening. If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort from your wisdom teeth its time to have them removed. The things to consider having it done when you’re older include:
- The nerves that control the lower lip and provides feeling there could be damaged, as the roots sink in deeper towards that nerve as we age.
- Older patients require a greater recovery time from procedures like this, often in excess of a week.
What this means is that while it’s possible to have your wisdom teeth removed at a later date, it’s essential for the overall health of your mouth that you do it as soon as possible. Waiting is never a good option if you have the choice available to remove them.
If it’s time for you to get your wisdom teeth removed then call Dr. Jaskaren Randhawa at Midtown Dental Care in New York City. Their experienced staff helps patients like you take care of the most troubling dental care problems while setting them on the path of preventative care to ensure a lifetime of healthy smiles. If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort and suspect the source to be wisdom teeth, or you’re having any other dental problems at all, pick up the phone and make an appointment at their office today!