Trouble with wisdom teeth? We sympathise hugely.
Whether you experience trouble with wisdom teeth can be a real roll of the dice. Here’s what to do if you're one of the unlucky ones.
Last weekend. We had a sleepover in our house involving a handful of seven to eight-year-olds. And typical of that age group, quite a few teeth were missing, and it was apparent that the Tooth Fairy had been very busy recently.
We asked a few of our guests how much they’d got for their ‘baby teeth’, and very soon we were being bombarded with questions about their dental prospects. Would they lose their second set of teeth, for example, and if so, how much would they get for them from the Tooth Fairy.
We did our best to give a clear and age-appropriate lesson on how we had a first and second set of teeth – and how some people even had a third set of molars – which we know as wisdom teeth.
We explained that a lot of people could look forward to removal of wisdom teeth in their mid twenties – and the little eyes around us lit up at the prospect of even more moolah coming down the line.
Sadly, we had to explain to them that they couldn’t bank on this extra ‘income’, as it’s one of life’s lotteries as to whether you get wisdom teeth in the first place, and whether they cause you problems or not.
Back up a bit – do you really mean that I get a third set of some teeth?
Yep! We can absolutely assure you that your so-called wisdom teeth are actually your third set of molars. As a general rule of thumb, they start to appear from the ages of 18 and 25, and because this is the age when you start to wise up, the moniker of ‘wisdom teeth’ has stuck.
You may wonder why they even bother to appear, as you can get by quite easily without them. That’s true – we no longer need a third set of molars as most of our food these days is a lot softer than our ancestors might have enjoyed.
If you're one of the unlucky ones who’s having problems with your third set of molars, the good news is that wisdom tooth extraction cost definitely won't break the bank. And rather than put off the process for another few years, we strongly urge you to get rid of your wisdom teeth as early as possible if they're causing you trouble, as the roots will continue to get longer and stronger for years to come, causing an even bigger problem in the future.
We can assure you that wisdom teeth removal cost will be one of the best investments you’ll make in terms of your dental wellbeing. If you put it off for too long, you're heading for a real ‘world of pain’.
Talk to us as soon as possible about your wisdom teeth
Before a drama turns into a crisis, we strongly urge you to drop in and talk to us about any wisdom teeth pain you may be experiencing. We’ll set out your options clearly and simply, and devise a treatment plan if you're ready to proceed with dealing with the problem.
In the meantime, if you'd like to know a bit more about the topic, here's a great article on the site of MedicineNet.com - http://www.medicinenet.com/wisdom_teeth/page2.htm