When is the best age to remove third molars?
A recent study indicates that removing third molars before the age of 21 reduces complications and healing times. According to findings published in American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, recovery was significantly longer for all subjects older than 21 compared to younger patients.
Are postoperative complications more common for older patients?
Yes, risks increase as patients age. Healing times are longer. The return to normal oral (and lifestyle) function is delayed in older patients. Other health issues can affect recovery as well.
Do all wisdom teeth need to be removed?
No, but all third molars need to be monitored. Retained wisdom teeth can change position, resulting in inflammation and disease. When that occurs, these teeth are candidates for extraction.