The Optimal Age for Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Wisdom teeth often bring trouble to dental health. Because the wisdom teeth are at the innermost end of the alveolar bone, especially the the ones that are not well positioned, it is difficult for toothbrushes to thoroughly clean them.

Food residues accumulated around teeth often cause oral inflammation and wisdom teeth pericoronitis. Moreover, wisdom teeth are rarely used during eating and chewing, so it is recommended that most people remove their wisdom teeth directly to avoid potential oral diseases.

Of course, if the wisdom teeth themselves are well-positioned and do not affect daily life, you can also choose not to remove them.

The best age for wisdom tooth extraction: 13-30 years old

Is there an optimal age for wisdom tooth extraction? Some experts point out that 13-30 years old is the best period for the operation. Generally speaking, it is more appropriate to extract wisdom teeth before the age of 30, and the trauma will increase after the age of 40. Many people only come when they “have to be pulled out”. Some elderly people only come to pull out their wisdom teeth when they are in their 80s. They are often unable to remove their wisdom teeth because of unsuitable health conditions.

Some wisdom teeth have caused damage to the surrounding teeth, so that multiple teeth will have to be extracted together, and the damage will be even greater at that time. In principle, once the wisdom teeth are found to be dysplasia, they should be removed as soon as possible to prevent further problems.

The best solution: Go for a dental checkup between the ages of 12 and 18

During the period of 12 to 18 years old, it is best to go to a dental clinic for a “physical examination” of the teeth to see the development of wisdom teeth for early diagnosis and treatment. At that time, the roots of the wisdom teeth have not yet formed, and the surgery is less traumatic. In addition, it is best for women to remove impacted wisdom teeth before pregnancy.