Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that typically begin to come in during your late teenage years. In the past, dentists recommended wisdom teeth removal for most patients to prevent potential complications. In modern dentistry, however, dentists are a little more conservative with their recommendations, performing surgeries only if the molars create problems for the patient or cause pain.
So how old are most patients when they undergo wisdom teeth removal? Since the wisdom teeth generally erupt between the ages of 16 and 25, that age range is the most common to have their third molars removed. In fact, many high school and college students schedule their procedures over school breaks to avoid missing too many classes.
Despite the average age range of 16 to 25, many patients wait until they’re older to have their wisdom teeth removed. The teeth may have erupted later than normal or financial concerns may have prevented them from getting the procedure done at an earlier age. Additionally, those third molars are so far back in the mouth that they’re exceptionally difficult to clean. As a result, many adults whose wisdom teeth were left to grow in normally may have cavities or other problems because they couldn’t easily brush and floss those back teeth.
While the average patient getting their third molars removed is in their late teens or early 20s, anyone experiencing pain or other problems may choose to undergo wisdom teeth removal. Older adults may have a longer recovery following the procedure, but a longer recovery has more to do with overall health than age. Patients of any age who are healthy and diligent in following their dentist’s post-surgical instructions will have a relatively short recovery period.
The dentists at Legacy Dental Arts in Eagle River, AK, perform wisdom teeth removal on patients of all ages to eliminate pain, infection, and other complications associated with third molars. They offer sedation dentistry so patients are comfortable and relaxed throughout the procedure. Legacy Dental Arts provides a variety of other services as well, including teeth cleanings, fillings, root canals, and teeth whitening. You can learn more by visiting their website, or call (907) 622-7874 to schedule an appointment.