Wisdom Teeth Removal in Older Adults

Wisdom teeth, the large flat molars in the back of your mouth, usually appear between the ages of 17 and 25.

Scientists believe that wisdom teeth were essential for our early ancestors’ diets. But as our jawlines’ shape and size evolved over time, our mouths became smaller. This left us with less room for these extra teeth to grow. 

Not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth removed. Your jaw is fully developed by the time you are in your early 20s. In general, if there’s enough space for wisdom teeth to fit comfortably, your dentist may suggest leaving them alone.

While many dentists favor removing them at an early age, not everyone experiences issues when they’re young. Instead, oral problems related to our wisdom teeth can sometimes crop up as we get older. Later in life makes it may be more difficult to properly brush and floss this area of your mouth, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum infections. Wisdom teeth often cause physical discomfort and can potentially cause serious oral health problems.

Although there are some challenges for adults over 50, your dentist can determine if you’ll benefit from a wisdom tooth extraction.

Your dentist may recommend wisdom tooth extraction if:

  • There’s damage to the surrounding teeth
  • Your teeth are shifting or overcrowding
  • Gum disease is present, increasing the risk of abscesses
  • A cyst forms that can damage the bone or roots

Only your dentist can determine if it’s necessary to remove your wisdom teeth. Ultimately, every person’s mouth is different. The best way to prevent problems from your wisdom teeth is to be proactive. Keep your dentist informed of any changes to your health as well, including new medical conditions and medications or supplements you may be taking. Make sure that you get a cleaning and checkup every six months and inform your dentist of any health issues you are experiencing. 

For more info visit https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/wisdom-teeth-adult