When is the best time to have wisdom teeth removed?

Wisdom teeth removal can be successfully performed on patients of all age ranges, from individuals in their early to mid-teens to older adults in their late 50s-60s. There is not a specific age at which time wisdom teeth must be removed, however it is generally recommended that wisdom teeth extraction occurs earlier in life. Research has shown that removing wisdom teeth at an older age can place those patients at a greater risk for complications such as an extended post-operative healing time and decreased bone density.

The majority of oral surgeons recommend wisdom tooth removal for patients in their early to mid-teens because the procedure is easier for the patient. The younger the patient is during at the time of the extraction, the less likely it is that the teeth have fully formed underneath the gum tissue making them easier to remove. The small size of the tooth root that has been developed makes it easier for an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to remove the impacted tooth.

Younger patients are generally more resilient than other patients, which reduces the risk of complications during and after the procedure. They are also more likely to experience dental crowding and require additional orthodontic treatment if the rest of their teeth are pushed out of place. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons prefer to ensure that every patient undergoing wisdom tooth removal have as smooth and quick a surgical process, post-operative recovery and post-surgical health process as possible.