Can you get wisdom teeth in your 30’s?
The last permanent teeth to erupt are wisdom teeth – or third molars, they usually erupt around the ages of 17 and 20, with at least 90% of 20-year old’s having at least one wisdom tooth that hasn’t erupted, or has only partially erupted.
Wisdom teeth can continue to erupt up until the age of 30.
About 2% of the population is born without any of the four wisdom teeth.
If you are in your 30’s and you still have your wisdom teeth, should you be worried? If they haven’t caused you any issues, the answer is no. Occasionally teens and young adults have their wisdom teeth pulled, simply as a preventative measure since these molars may start pushing against other teeth which can lead to pain, irritation and gum disease.
Two reasons for having your wisdom teeth pulled at an early age are simply that the recovery time is faster, and the risk of injury is reduced.
Adults are at a higher risk of nerve damage and infection and the healing process may not be as simple either. A teenager might take two days to recover, while an adult can take up to a week to fully recover.
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When should you get your wisdom teeth removed?
Patients aged between 14 and 19 who don’t have any pain usually have teeth removed because they don’t have enough room in their mouth to accommodate four new teeth. These patients are easy to treat, and recovery is quick. In general, anyone who doesn’t have enough room in their mouth for wisdom teeth is advised to have them removed.
Patients in their mid-20’s to early 30’s – who didn’t have their wisdom teeth removed, or who have just started having wisdom teeth erupt, may be finding they have difficulty keeping their teeth clean which has led to cavities or gum infections. These patients are usually in pain, sometimes swollen and are exhausted as they can’t sleep and need pain relief. These patients often have fully formed wisdom teeth and have cavities forming around the teeth. These cavities are often in difficult areas to reach and sometimes can’t even be filled by a dentist.
Some patients can even reach 40 before a wisdom tooth becomes a problem and there are many reasons why wisdom teeth can become a huge issue in slightly older patients. As we age our mouths change. We may develop illnesses that require medications that can leave us with a dry mouth. Dry mouths create an environment conducive to increased cavities and gum disease. In addition to this, teeth that gave us no problems previously can become problematic as we age. As gum disease worsens, wisdom teeth that were impacted are now able to erupt, and when food becomes trapped, the tooth and gum become infected and painful. Impacted wisdom teeth can also become a problem for patients wearing dentures.