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Am I Too Old to Have My Wisdom Teeth Extracted?


Have you been debating whether or not it would be beneficial to have your wisdom teeth removed? Have you been advised that it is now the appropriate time to have them extracted? It's possible that you're nervous about the procedure itself, or that you feel like you might be a little bit too old to have your wisdom teeth pulled at this point in your life.

Well, I want to shed some light on whether or not you are too old to have your wisdom teeth extracted, as well as things you need to know before you decide to move forward with the procedure. First, I want to address the question of whether or not you are too old to have your wisdom teeth extracted.

Your first piece of information should be that there is no real age that is set in stone when you should have your wisdom teeth extracted. This is the most important thing that you should know. Although it is recommended that you have your wisdom teeth extracted between the ages of 18 and 24, this does not always happen for some people. Even though it is recommended, it does not always happen. People may put off having their wisdom teeth extracted until they are older for a variety of reasons. This is assuming that they even get their wisdom teeth extracted at all.

Therefore, even if you did not get your wisdom teeth extracted when you were younger, there is no reason why you cannot get them extracted now if they are bothering you or causing an issue that your healthcare professional believes is sufficient for you to have them extracted as this point. There is no reason why you cannot get them extracted now if they are bothering you or causing an issue.

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In the event that you make the decision to proceed with having your wisdom teeth removed, there are a few considerations that you will want to keep in mind as you move forward with the process:

Injury to the Nerves: The longer your wisdom teeth remain in your mouth, the closer they get to your nerves. As a result, there is a possibility that you could sustain some nerve damage while undergoing your procedure because of the proximity of your wisdom teeth to your nerves. This could result in additional complications and lengthen the time it takes for you to recover, as well. Before you go ahead with the procedure, you should definitely discuss these potential side effects with your primary care physician.

A Lengthier Time Spent in Recovery: As we get older, our bodies take longer to recover from injuries and procedures than they did in the past. This indicates that the manner in which your body healed from this procedure when you were younger may not necessarily be the manner in which it will heal now that you are an older adult. When you are planning the timing of your procedure, you will need to take this into consideration. It is going to be very important for you to make sure that you give yourself enough time to recover, and it is important that you do not rush into scheduling things that need to be done during this time because it is possible that you will not recover as quickly as you think you will. Even though the recovery time for this procedure is typically only one to two weeks, in the event that there are complications, your downtime may be slightly extended.

Additional Tips for Wisdom Teeth:


Have a discussion with your dentist about the possibility of applying ice to the areas where the extractions have been completed. This will aid in reducing the swelling by a significant amount!

Please adhere to the post-operative instructions!! This is of the utmost importance because you want to ensure that you reduce the risk of infection as well as other post-operative complications such as dry socket!

If you have been having pain in your jaw or if you have been given the advice that you should have your wisdom teeth extracted, it is something that you should think about doing as soon as possible and give serious consideration to doing so. Even though there is a remote possibility that complications will arise during your procedure, the benefits of having your wisdom teeth extracted almost always outweigh the risks. This is because leaving your wisdom teeth in place can lead to more serious complications.





Dr. Marianne Cohan was voted The Best Dentist/ Dental Office and Best Cosmetic Dentist from The Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2020 and 2021. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992.

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With an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, complete makeovers, and implant dentistry, Dr. Cohan is committed to continuing education and feels that we never stop learning.  Dr. Cohan takes pride in using high-powered magnification to perform minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She uses all the latest technological advances including digital radiography, digital photography, computer simulations, and high-resolution pictures of your proposed treatment on 55-inch screens.  She also utilizes CBCT (cone beam) and laser technology.

Dr. Cohan is always available to her patients and is available for any dental emergency.



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851 S Rampart Blvd #230, Las Vegas, NV 89145 | (702) 341-9160