If you are between the ages of 17 and 25, it may be time to have your wisdom teeth removed. Have no fear, though— having this procedure will likely benefit you greatly in the long run! As you’re looking into getting this procedure, here are five important facts you will want to know about wisdom tooth extraction.
1. Wisdom tooth extraction is quite common.
Research has shown that wisdom teeth grow in at an angle about 44 percent of the time, which can cause a number of problems for your surrounding teeth. This might explain why wisdom tooth extraction is so common. In fact, approximately 10 million molars are said to be removed in the United States every year!
2. When it comes to wisdom tooth extraction—the earlier, the better!
Wisdom teeth are often the last set of teeth to erupt in your mouth, although some people never experience growing wisdom teeth at all. These teeth often erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. That said, it is often recommended to have your wisdom teeth removed as early as possible, as it reduces your risks for oral complications and can help to ease the recovery process.
3. Keeping your wisdom teeth can cause a number of health problems.
Very rarely do your wisdom teeth come in cleanly behind your second set of molars without any complications. In fact, wisdom teeth can cause infections, cysts, overcrowding, and more. When wisdom teeth grow in at an angle—as they often do—it can crowd the surrounding teeth and even grow roots into them! This makes them much more difficult to clean properly and can ultimately lead to tooth decay. Wisdom teeth will also, on occasion, only partially erupt through the gums, becoming impacted or trapped in the tissue. This is a painful issue that can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. Luckily, all of these issues can be prevented with a wisdom tooth extraction.
4. You won’t feel any pain during your procedure.
Your oral surgeon will numb your mouth with an anesthetic before extracting your wisdom teeth, making this procedure completely painless. That said, you may experience discomfort during the recovery period in the few days that follow the procedure. Dentists commonly recommend that you use an over-the-counter pain medication to manage any painful side effects. Be certain to follow our aftercare instructions closely following the procedure, as this will help you to prevent issues such as dry socket, infection, etc.
5. There are many benefits to removing your wisdom teeth.
Removing your wisdom teeth preemptively can save you a lot of time, money, and hassle in the long run. For starters, eliminating the risk of overcrowding can prevent you from needing orthodontic treatment, such as braces, to remedy the issue. Wisdom teeth are also quite difficult to clean and floss properly, as they are in a very hard-to-reach location in the mouth. Wisdom teeth often collect bacteria, food debris, and acids that cause decay, halitosis, and even gum disease—all of which would require further treatment. Treating all of these oral health issues can accumulate in expense over time. By pulling your wisdom teeth, you save yourself a lot of money and frustration!
If you are nearing the age in which you might need a wisdom tooth extraction, call College Drive Dental today to set up your appointment!