The Importance of Removing Wisdom Teeth While You’re Young and Healthy

Teen with thumbs up after wisdom teeth removalAh, wisdom teeth removal! It’s a dental surgery that most teens face with dread (except for the thought of a few days off from school and copious amounts of ice cream). Some people, including parents, are so worried about having wisdom teeth removed that they take a “wait and see” attitude. Unfortunately, keeping your fingers crossed and hoping your wisdom teeth won’t cause you problems later isn’t the best option. The older you are when wisdom teeth are removed, the greater the likelihood of complications. There are several reasons you should consider having your wisdom teeth removed now rather than later.

Faster Healing

The older you are, the slower you heal. Having your wisdom teeth removed when you are in your teens or twenties allows you to bounce back quickly. Most young adults can return to work or school a few days after their wisdom teeth are removed. The older you are, the longer the recovery time. If you are over 20, you may experience pain, bruising, and swelling for a week or more.

As we age, we develop other health problems that can interfere with healing. Our bodies do not produce as many stem cells, growth factors, or hormones associated with healing. Diabetes, heart disease, periodontal disease, and other health issues all contribute to slower recovery.

Easier Extraction

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to develop. If you remove them while you’re young, the procedure is simpler because the teeth are not fully developed and have relatively short roots. As you grow older, the roots of wisdom teeth continue to grow and may impinge on nerve bundles in the base of the jawbone. Longer roots close to nerves require greater care during extraction and usually result in more extensive surgery.

Fewer Complications

Some patients don’t have their wisdom teeth removed until they start to erupt, causing problems. Once a wisdom tooth tries to emerge, it may become impacted (trapped in the jawbone). When this happens, it is difficult to keep the teeth clean, adjacent teeth are pushed out of alignment, and severe pain or infection can develop. Removing wisdom teeth after they are impacted is more complicated, particularly when an infection is involved.

As mentioned earlier, the roots of your wisdom teeth continue to grow as you age. If the roots become entangled in nerve bundles, extraction can damage the nerves, leading to numbness or tingling in the face. The earlier your wisdom teeth are removed, the shorter the roots. The result is an easier extraction procedure with less risk of nerve damage

When it comes to wisdom teeth removal, NOW is almost always better than later! Wisdom teeth removal when you are young and healthy minimizes the risk of complications and promotes rapid healing. Waiting until they become a problem when you are older is an invitation to additional issues that can lead to serious problems.

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