By the Numbers and Other Facts to Consider
When Is the Best Age to Remove Wisdom Teeth?
With wisdom teeth, sooner is better than later. According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), optimal results occur when wisdom teeth are removed by age 17 and best results with fewest complications occur up to age 25. Researchers have found that the risk of complications from surgery only increases with age.
When Is the Best Time to Have Wisdom Teeth Removed?
The best time is when it’s convenient for you and for them. Many families like to schedule wisdom teeth removal when their student is at home during school breaks: Holidays, Spring Break, and over the Summer vacation break.
Wisdom Teeth Are Often Silently Infected Later in Life
Research indicates that 33% of all patients who still have a wisdom tooth showing are already suffering from a “silent infection” by the age of 25. “Silent infections” affect not only your mouth, teeth and gums but your whole body health. These painless, longstanding infections have been linked to heart disease, stroke, and low birth weight pregnancies. Just because you don’t have pain now doesn’t mean that you don’t have a wisdom tooth problem or an infected tooth. Dr. Bonine will help you determine if you have a silent infection, or if you are likely to develop one.
Damage From Wisdom Teeth To Other Teeth And Gums
Wisdom teeth can also cause damage to your teeth, gums and bone. In fact, oral surgeons report that 24% of their patients have had wisdom teeth that have damaged other teeth. Moreover, 42% of patients exhibit gum damage from adjacent wisdom teeth. Finally, not removing your wisdom teeth increases your risk for gum disease and diseases of your entire mouth over 3X.
How Long Does the Procedure Last?
The removal of a wisdom tooth or impacted tooth is a minor surgical operation. The entire surgery may last for a series of minutes, depending on the difficulty of the procedure, with the whole appointment taking an hour or so.
Dr. Bonine Is Committed to Your Health and Safety
The latest state-of-the-art technology and medications keep patients comfortable, and help them heal faster, safely, without opioids. In fact, we have over 35 years of using non-opioid pain medications with excellent results. We use the safest, state of the art anesthesia. Finally, our Frank Lloyd Wright inspired facility will help you relax: It’s in a beautiful setting overlooking acres of natural woodlands and a large pond.