Dr. Steven Kacel, an experienced Highland Park, IL dentist, most people will need to have their wisdom teeth pulled. The truth is, in nearly 90 percent of people, there isn’t enough room in the mouth for wisdom teeth.
Most wisdom teeth are “impacted” and do not grow in properly. Impacted teeth can cause pain and lead to cavities and periodontal disease. In some cases, people do not notice problems with their wisdom teeth until later in life, leaving them to ask their dentist in Deerfield, IL, “Am I too old to have my wisdom teeth pulled?”
Simply put, no. You are never too old to have your wisdom teeth removed. Most people have their wisdom teeth removed between the ages of 17 and 25. At these ages the roots have not fully formed and they are easier to remove. As you age the supporting bone becomes more dense resulting in a greater chance for complications. The most common complications that arise from having your wisdom teeth removed when you are older are a risk of nerve damage, and a longer recovery time.
In the long run, you are still better off having your wisdom teeth removed if they are causing problems because even more serious complications can arise if they are left in place. According to the ADA, it could lead to such problems as cysts or tumors, tooth decay, or infection. If these complications do present themselves, you will be in need of oral surgery or invasive treatments anyway, so it is probably best to have the teeth removed.
The best way to know how to handle your wisdom teeth is to schedule an appointment with your dentist and have a consultation on your specific concerns. Your dentist will be able to give you professional advice on your individual dental history and case.
If you have any other questions about ways to help your child maintain good oral hygiene or any other aspects of oral health, reach out to Steven Kacel, D.D.S., M.A.G.D., F.A.D.I., a dentist in Highland Park, IL, and his friendly staff at his office will happily answer any questions you may have. Call (847) 457-0400 to make an appointment today.