Wisdom teeth typically erupt through the gums at ‘the age of wisdom’, between the ages of 17 and 25. While there may be arguments at to the wisdom attainment at this age, oral surgeons generally agree it’s time to pay attention to these wisdom teeth – if not earlier. Your dentist may note the development of your wisdom teeth even before age 17 and ask that an oral surgeon for an evaluation. With a clinical exam and an x-ray, the oral surgeon can evaluate them for potential troubles down the road. Summer break is a great time for wisdom teeth extraction for teenagers because:
- Teens have more available time for proper recovery without any stressful, school deadlines.
- If teens still live at home, they have a support network to help remind them of the “Do’s and Don’ts” to help ensure a speedy recovery.
- If teens still live at home and don’t yet have a career, they can take the proper amount of time to heal versus rushing off to a job.
It is very important to schedule enough time to recover from wisdom teeth extraction for proper healing. Not getting enough rest, pushing it too hard, and/or being under too much stress during wisdom teeth recovery can complicate recovery and lead to potential problems, such as dry socket. While choosing to have elective surgery during summer break doesn’t sound like a dream-come-true for graduating teens, tending to wisdom teeth extraction during the summer months is one of the best opportunities for getting enough recovery time scheduled and ensuring a better chance of healing right.