Most people assume (and they would not be wrong) that majority undergo wisdom teeth removal surgery during their teenage years or early 2 years of their 20s. Any good dentist in Vaughan will tell you the ideal time to undergo wisdom teeth removal surgery is when the roots of the wisdom teeth haven’t yet fully developed, where there is roughly one-third root formation, and therefore not firmly anchored in place. The majority of dentists in Vaughan agree this is when wisdom teeth removal is the easiest, requiring a less complicated surgery and has a fairly short recovery period.
Of course, this isn’t to say you cannot have your wisdom teeth removed at a later age. If your wisdom teeth don’t become symptomatic or problematic in your teens, your dentist might not have recommended it. Every person is unique and we invite you to reach out to our team of expert dentists at Mackenzie Dental Centre with any questions or concerns you may have.
What’s The Best Age To Remove Wisdom Teeth?
The dentists in Vaughan suggest getting your wisdom teeth removed before the age of 25. When removed earlier in life, patients’ risks around the surgery are limited, and recovery time is relatively short. However, sometimes your wisdom teeth do not become a problem or “impacted” until later in life. Mackenzie Dental Centre recommends getting a dental x-ray done at around 15 years of age. An oral surgeon will examine and begin planning for wisdom teeth removal surgery down the road.
Choosing the timing of your wisdom teeth removal surgery comes down to three factors:
- Patient Age
- Root Formation
- Position of the Tooth
The longer wisdom teeth have time to grow, and the roots become more solidified in the gums, the more complicated the surgery and longer recovery time.
Why Dentists In Vaughan Recommend Not Waiting
It is always best practice to have your wisdom teeth removed before they become problematic for you. When you start feeling pain from your wisdom teeth, it means there isn’t enough space for your molars to grow. When a tooth lacks the space to emerge properly from your gum tissue, your tooth becomes ‘impacted.’ This causes extreme discomfort in your mouth and is troublesome to clean - leading to an increased risk of symptomatic complications.
Complications from Impacted Wisdom Teeth:
- Damage to adjacent teeth
- Causes an infection
- Swollen and/or bleeding gums
- Dental Cysts
- Increased risk of tooth decay
Who Can Perform Wisdom Teeth Removal Surgery?
10 years ago, most dental clinics in Vaughan would send you a referral to an outside oral surgeon. Fast-forward and wisdom teeth removal surgery has become a widespread and routine dental procedure. Many dentists in Vaughan have the skill or their own in-house oral surgeon available to perform the surgery.
At the Mackenzie Dental Centre, Dr. Lloyd Pedvis has over 25 years of practice performing routine wisdom teeth removal surgery. We take comprehensive dental x-rays, anesthetize the gum tissue and wisdom teeth, extract impacted teeth efficiently and monitor patience in our recovery room prior to providing treatment care details.
If you require wisdom teeth removal surgery, contact the Mackenzie Health Centre dental team today!