It’s ideal for wisdom teeth to come out before the patient turns 25 years old, but if you missed your window of opportunity, don’t worry – it’s still possible. And if your wisdom teeth weren’t causing problems when you were younger, but now your dentist says it’s best if they’re out, you aren’t alone.
Your procedure won’t be as straightforward as it would be for a younger patient, but it’s a challenge our team handles on a regular basis.
Why, all of a sudden, are your third molars in need of extraction?
The reasons vary greatly from patient to patient. For some, it’s because they’re hard to take care of. If you keep getting cavities due to an inability to clean the teeth properly, it’s probably best to remove them to prevent damage to gum tissues and surrounding teeth.
More serious problems could include tumors beginning to form around the wisdom teeth, or third molars that are misaligned and therefore pushing your other teeth out of position.
Your Recovery Will Be Longer
When you have wisdom teeth extracted later in life, you face a few more drawbacks and risks.
For one, it will take longer to recover. This is because the teeth have had more time to root themselves firmly in the jaw; therefore the surgery to remove them is more invasive. And if the teeth are impacted, this complicates the recovery further.
Take enough time off work to rest fully and help your recovery along as much as you can.
There Is a Higher Risk of Infection
Whenever surgery is more invasive, the risk of infection rises. Take all antibiotics prescribed to protect yourself during the healing process. Contact your oral surgeon immediately if you spot signs of infection at any point after the procedure — fever, continued pain, pus or inflammation.
Nerve Damage Risk Is Also Higher
Another risk factor to keep in mind is the heightened chance you could sustain nerve damage.
Since tooth roots continue to grow downward into the jawbone, extraction can affect the nerves that dictate feeling in the lower lip. While you may have prolonged numbness after surgery, talk to your oral surgeon if feeling doesn’t return after a few weeks.
Trust an Experienced Oral Surgery Team
At Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we put your best interests at the forefront. No matter the potential complications given your unique situation, we ensure every action we take will help you live better after the healing process is complete, with a healthy, strong jaw and teeth to enhance your everyday life. Trust our experience and our commitment to your oral (and whole body) health. Schedule your consultation today.