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Is It Too Late To Extract My Wisdom Teeth?

Is It Too Late To Extract My Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are our third and last set of molars to emerge. Useful millions of years ago to help our ancestors grind and chew tough plant matter, these teeth are practically useless today. More often than not, they cause problems to our oral health including overcrowding, crooked teeth, and in some cases, diseased gums and infection. 

As such, most people have their wisdom teeth removed by the time they emerge, which is usually around 15 to 25 years of age. If you missed this window and your wisdom teeth are pushing against your neighbouring teeth, do not worry; it is never too late to have them extracted. Removal is a more delicate procedure once your wisdom teeth are set, but the procedure is very common.

At Dr. Korol Dental, we perform wisdom teeth extractions for people of all ages. We believe that the risks of overcrowding and other ailments associated with impacted wisdom teeth far outweigh the complications of removing them at a later age. Our specialization in biocompatible and sedation dentistry services also make us uniquely qualified to perform this operation. Connect with Dr. Koral Dental to book an appointment for your late-stage wisdom teeth extraction.

What Happens If You Do Not Remove Your Wisdom Teeth 

Wisdom teeth are what we call vestigial structures一body parts that no longer serve any purpose to you. Whereas the third set of molars were a lifesaver to early humans who sustained themselves on foraged plants and hunted animals, wisdom teeth today do little more than overcrowd your mouth and cause health issues. 

Wisdom teeth today seldom have enough room to grow unencumbered. When they fail to emerge properly (become impacted), they can cause a host of complications, including:

  • Pain
  • Bleeding gums
  • Swelling
  • Bad breath 
  • Difficulty opening your mouth
  • Infections

If you are experiencing these symptoms because of your wisdom teeth, consider having them removed一regardless of your age. 

Late-Stage Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Wisdom teeth are easier to remove when they are still emerging. That is why most people have them taken out when they are between 15 to 25 years of age. However, an older person can still have these vestigial molars removed. 

Because your procedure will be more difficult than the typical extraction, your first priority is to find an experienced dentist or an oral surgeon. A seasoned practitioner can reduce the risk of nerve damage, of which the possibility increases the longer you wait to remove your wisdom teeth. If poorly executed, late-stage wisdom teeth extraction can leave your lower lip permanently numb to any sensation. 

Second, you should expect a longer recovery time. A younger patient can recover from wisdom teeth extraction in fewer than 3 days, but you will most likely be nursing your jaw for a week. During this time, you may experience:

  • Swelling 
  • Soreness
  • Pain
  • Facial numbness

To expedite your recovery, you can:

  • Avoid physically intensive activities 
  • Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking
  • Rinse your mouth with warm salt water to prevent infection 
  • Eat soft or liquid food
  • Use a cold compress to reduce the swelling 

Preparing For Your Late-Stage Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Removing your wisdom teeth at an older age can be stressful. The higher risks, in conjunction with the longer recovery time, can be anxiety-inducing. 

Sedation dentistry can ease your apprehension. Sedatives, such as laughing gas and certain oral medications, help you relax and feel calm prior and during a dental appointment. You may even sleep through the entire procedure. 

Your dentist or oral surgeon will also appreciate the opportunity of working on your teeth free of any distraction. 

Calgary's Wisdom Tooth Extraction Experts

It is never too late to have your wisdom teeth removed. True, late-stage extraction carries some risks and is more demanding on the body, but it is usually worth it. The health complications associated with impacted wisdom teeth are generally a more serious concern than the procedure itself. 

Dr. Korol Dental has a long history of extracting wisdom teeth for patients of all ages. To discuss your wisdom teeth removal or any other dental services with one of our dental specialists, call us at 403-245-9099 or fill out the online contact form.

FAQs

Q: How much does it cost to have my wisdom teeth removed?
A: The cost of extraction depends on how impacted the tooth is and the extent of surgery needed to remove it. Dr Korol Dental can provide you with a cost estimate and help you determine any cost-sharing available from your insurance provider.

Q: Will I receive sedation for the procedure?
A: At Dr. Korol Dental, we offer sedation dentistry services to help patients avoid any pain, anxiety and discomfort during the wisdom tooth extraction procedure. Our highly-qualified dentists have special training in sedation and extractions that will allow you to remain comfortable during the procedure and remember little to nothing about it afterwards.

Q: What does it mean when a wisdom tooth is impacted?
A: A wisdom tooth is impacted when it does not have enough room to emerge or develop normally.  

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