Getting wisdom teeth removed? Here’s the full lowdown.
Not everyone experiences trouble with their wisdom teeth, but if you’re one of the unlucky ones, here’s what to expect.
Last Saturday, we were out for a short walk to blow the cobwebs away after a busy work-week. We came upon an elderly neighbor of ours who was also out for a short constitutional. After a few minutes of exchanging pleasantries and discussing the affairs of the day, he recommended that I walk on ahead of him, as he was struggling to keep up with us due to arthritis in both hips.
We commiserated, of course, and asked him about the condition. He told us that both of his parents had undergone joint replacement at an early age, and he too was now going down this path. The bottom line, he pointed out, was that life can be a bit unfair sometimes, and that you're often at the mercy of the genetics your parents bequeath to you.
This is certainly true in the area of dental health. If you find yourself getting wisdom teeth removed, it can often be something that runs in the family – although on other occasions, you can just be downright unlucky.
What are wisdom teeth?
Let’s start at the beginning by explaining that wisdom teeth are actually a third set of molars. Some people get them – other don't. Unfair, we know, but that’s the bald truth.
In the vast majority of cases, when wisdom teeth extraction is recommended by your dentist, the teeth themselves are perfectly healthy. So why do they need to be removed, you may ask. Well, very simply, they can become impacted. This means that they are trapped within your gums and have nowhere to go as a result of the location of your other teeth.
It’s an absolute shame, but when this happens, wisdom teeth removal is really your only option – sad as this may seem. And the sooner you get rid of them the better, as the roots are growing longer all the time, so extraction will become more difficult and more painful the longer you put it off.
Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to further problems if left untreated, and can eventually start to put you r current teeth at risk.
As a general rule, you’ll start to feel your wisdom teeth starting to break through (or trying to) from the ages of 18 to 25. And because this is the age when we supposedly start to wise up, our third set of molars have become known as wisdom teeth.
Is it expensive to have them removed?
No, not at all. And remember that you can choose to make things easier on your pocket by deciding to spread the cost over three months, six months or nine months – thanks to our 0% Dental Finance Plan.
The good news about getting your wisdom teeth removed is that you don't actually need them. They were necessary thousands of years ago when our diet was totally different, but these days, you can get by fine without them.
If you'd like to bone up on this topic, here's a good article on the very fine MedicineNet.com - http://www.medicinenet.com/wisdom_teeth/page2.htm