Why You Shouldn’t Postpone Wisdom Teeth Removal
Does the thought of having your wisdom teeth removed make you cringe? So you’ll just put it off as long as possible, right? Wrong! Even though wisdom teeth removal may seem intimidating and painful, it’s better to be safe than sorry…and in pain. Delaying your wisdom teeth removal surgery can be extremely detrimental to your overall oral health.
3 Reasons to Remove Wisdom Teeth Sooner Rather than Later
Wisdom teeth, or the third molars, are the last teeth to erupt in your upper and lower jaw. They usually surface sometime between a person’s late teen years and early twenties. During this time, if you have an oral exam and the oral surgeon recommends wisdom teeth removal, you should not delay! It’s time to schedule the procedure. Here are the three reasons you shouldn’t postpone wisdom teeth removal:
1. Tooth Decay/Gum Disease
It is extremely difficult to brush and floss around your wisdom teeth. With the bacteria build up you’re susceptible to tooth decay. Plus, as your wisdom teeth erupt there is an opening in your mouth that can easily become inflamed. This can make your gums uncomfortably swollen and tender and an infection could develop.
2. Easier Procedure and Recovery
It’s common sense that a healthy tooth is easier to extract than a damaged tooth. So why wait for a problem before scheduling your wisdom teeth removal? Remove them before a problem develops – especially because it’s hard to predict future problems with wisdom teeth. Plus, it’s best to have your wisdom teeth pulled as soon as possible because young adults experience serious complications less often . Ahh, to be young!
3. Impacted Teeth
When there is not enough room for the wisdom teeth to erupt they get stuck under the gums, impacted. Impacted teeth can develop cysts and tumors to form which can affect adjacent structures like bone and teeth. Removing the teeth prevents this potentially serious complication.