Many patients and parents of patients ask, “When is the best time to have wisdom teeth removed?” Most dental professionals recommend removing third molars before they are fully developed, which is as early as age 12 in some patients. Doctors today can often determine whether your wisdom teeth will cause problems for your overall health before they ever grow in. The best way to proactively defend the oral health problems caused by third molars is through early detection. That is why it is extremely important for you to ensure that you receive regular dental exams each year—especially around the early and mid-teen years. X-rays or other imaging techniques are the only way to detect these teeth before they emerge from the gums and start to cause problems.
Removing wisdom teeth before they are fully grown in is beneficial for many reasons. First, the earlier the teeth are removed, the less likely they are to cause damage if the teeth are not growing in correctly. This is especially important for patients who have perfected their smile through orthodontics and wish to ensure that third molars do not cause misalignment. Additionally, removing the teeth at an earlier development stage means that they are smaller. The smaller teeth usually have less established roots, which makes them substantially easier to remove. The smaller teeth also create smaller surgical sites, which means a quicker and easier recovery period for the patient.
As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Lawrence Falender has years of training and experience extracting wisdom teeth at all stages of development. Even if your wisdom teeth are fully grown in, we can schedule an oral examination to find out if your wisdom teeth require removal. Please contact our office in Indianapolis, IN, to schedule your consultation with one of our friendly team members!