It’s summertime and you know what that means…it’s a great time of year for teens or college students to get rid of those dad-gum wisdom teeth while school is out! We know, just what every teen and college student wants do during their summer off. But maybe you can soften the blow to temporary delay in their big summer plans by saying their recovery time will get them out of chores. And, having to sit propped up while taking it easy for a few days equates to an ideal situation for playing video games for hours.
In all seriousness, it’s most advised to go ahead and get your child’s wisdom teeth removed before the pain becomes severe or even worse, an infection sits in. Either of those situations could seriously interrupt involvement in their extra curricular activities during the school year, or worse, make your child miss out on a prom or homecoming. (NO!)
As part of routine exams, which take place every six months, Dr. Dental staff will take x-rays and evaluate whether or not your child’s wisdom teeth are developing, have developed, and if they will create problems for your child. We will educate you on the progress of development and put together a plan of when it’s best to remove your child’s wisdom teeth.
So what kind of problems could they cause? Well, some pretty painful ones. Wisdom teeth were important to cavemen because they were an extra tool to break down really tough things to chew such as bark; yes, back in those days bark was part of a daily diet. As our diets have evolved to softer things, the need for this extra set of chompers has become non-existent and slowly over time we can predict that our future generations won’t even grow wisdom teeth. Until then, our mouths are evolving in shape allowing less room for wisdom teeth when they develop during teenage years. This makes for a crowded environment which is the perfect breeding ground for infections and pain. It’s also not uncommon for wisdom teeth to grow in impacted which means instead up breaking through the gum line vertically like other teeth, they grow horizontally putting a lot of pressure on your molars. OUCHIE! A then layer of gum tissue could also grow over the wisdom tooth and bacteria love to hang out there. And where bacteria lives, cavities form. DOUBLE OUCHIE!
Bottom line is this, more than likely your child’s wisdom teeth will eventually cause havoc on their oral health and could cause serious pain down the road. So why not go ahead and get them removed while your child has some time off from school and prevent any potential pain down the road for them.
If you have any further questions about wisdom teeth, please don’t hesitate to give us a call, send us an email at [email protected] or message us on Facebook. We’d be more than happy to help.