I’ve had some lower left jaw pain for the past two months, and last week it got so bad that I scheduled an emergency appointment with my dentist. I could not tell where the pain was coming from, but after an exam and x-ray, my dentist said that the issue was with my wisdom tooth. I am 44 years old, and she recommends removing all my wisdom teeth because I may have complications with the others later. Is this necessary? Thank you. Jason from New Mexico
Dr. Sirin would need to review your x-rays to see the condition of your other wisdom teeth. But we will give you some guidelines on wisdom teeth removal for adults.
If you are a mature adult and your wisdom teeth have not erupted, the risk of wisdom teeth complications increases as we age. A dentist should have recommended removing them when you are in your early 20s.
Wisdom teeth removal is easier when you are in your 20s for these reasons:
Although removing wisdom teeth when you are younger is easier, it is wise to remove all of them if you have complications at any age.
You probably do not need wisdom teeth removed when all the following is true:
The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons emphasizes that pain-free wisdom teeth are not necessarily disease free. You can avoid future untimely issues with your wisdom teeth by getting them all removed during one surgery.