And if so, what was your experience like?
I am 42 and still have all four of my wisdom teeth and all are full bony impactions. Somehow I missed out on having them removed when I was a teenager and over the years I completely forgot about them as they caused me no trouble. Every few years a dentist would notice them on an X-ray and comment on them but never made a big deal about getting them out since they seemed to be asymptomatic. Now, I have switched to a new dentist and recently found out that I have to have my first molar on the bottom right removed by an oral surgeon. While telling me this he springs on me ďHey, while youíre there letís get these wisdom teeth outĒ and ďyou know, you really donít want to be a 65 year old diabetic with heart disease and need these outĒ. I wasnít so sure about it but went to the consultation with the OS to see what he had to say. The OS looked at my X-Ray and concluded that it would be beneficial to have them all out since there are some ďpocketsĒ between the second molars and wisdom teeth that could cause some problems in the future. He then spent more time discussing the implant process and how Iím a great candidate for it. He did discuss that there were some slight risks involved, the nerves and sinus cavity but I got the impression that it wasnít that big of a deal. So, I agreed to surgery to have all the wisdoms plus the other molar removed two days later. Later that evening I searched the internet for the risks and found out to my horror that I seem to have waited too long, that surgery after about age 35 or 40 has a huge risk of all complications and that the nerve damage could be permanent. I called the next morning and canceled the surgery and requested a cone beam CT scan so we could have more information about the nerve location. I had that done and a few days later the surgeon called with the results. Both of my upper wisdom teeth have roots so long that they extend into the sinus cavity. But the OS seems to think that it is no big deal and any holes would heal up or be repaired if necessary. My bottom left wisdom tooth is lying right on the nerve and we both agreed that it should probably be left alone for now. My bottom right wisdom tooth does have some separation from the nerve and he felt like it would be ďlow riskĒ to remove it. He gave me odds of 10% chance of temporary numbness and 1% chance of permanent numbness. So now I really donít know what to do. I know that there is no surgery that is risk free and no surgeon can tell me that. But, to be honest, Iím scared to death and Iíve been completely consumed about making this decision. I donít want to end up at 65 and need these out, but I donít really want to live for years and years with any permanent damage either. Temporary stuff like pain, swelling, or dry socket I can handle, but Iíve never read any account from anyone over age 40 who has had an impacted wisdom tooth removed who didnít have some type of nerve damage and here recently I havenít been feeling very lucky. So, if you had the surgery for impacted wisdom teeth after 40, or know someone (spouse, friend, etc.) who did and didnít suffer any lasting damage could you please post this and help put my mind at ease? Thanks.