Getting wisdom teeth removed is your best plan.
Problems associated with wisdom teeth don’t just go away, so the sooner you face up to the problem, the better. Here’s why.
One of the things that tends to separate dental folk from the general population is that we tend to spend a lot of our time “dental watching”. No matter where we are, we’re taking note of the quality of the smiles that we meet each day, and tend to silently comment on how good, bad or indifferent they may be.
We also tend to look out for looming problems – even in people we don’t know. The man who sells us our newspaper every day, for example, has a chip missing from a front tooth that he’ll soon need to have sorted.
And at a party recently, we saw a woman continuously wincing when she put a morsel of food in her mouth. We’ve seen the symptoms before and were pretty confident that she was suffering the symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth.
Why do wisdom teeth cause such problems?
The woman in question was doubly unlucky. First of all, not everybody gets wisdom teeth. They’re a third set of molars that occur between the ages of 18 and 25, approximately, and because this is the age that we supposedly become that much wiser, these molars have become universally known as wisdom teeth.
We've made massive strides in the field of dentistry over the past number of decades, but when you start to experience real problems with impaction, wisdom teeth removal is pretty much your only option.
Why is this? Well, quite simply, impacted wisdom teeth means that these third molars have become trapped within the gums or bone, and have simply nowhere to go because your other teeth are blocking their passage. It’s simply a matter of trying to fit a quart into a pint jar – something has to go.
Wisdom teeth extraction can be quite a serious matter, and you’ll certainly need to rest up for a day or two afterwards. But here's the thing – the quicker you get it done, the easier it will be. This is because the wisdom teeth roots can continue to grow for several years after the teeth first present.
The quicker you get you opt for getting wisdom teeth removed, therefore, the easier the procedure will be, and you will recover much more quickly.
What should I do after extraction?
While you might have very little choice in terms of getting your wisdom teeth removed, there are a number of important steps you can take to minimise discomfort afterwards:
• Don’t look to be a her- take any painkilling drugs that your dentist prescribes. And take them sooner rather than later, before pain has a chance to take hold.
• Use an ice pack on the outside of your face to minimise swelling, which can be quite severe in certain cases.
• If you can take a day or two off work, then do so. The quieter you are for the first couple of days, the quicker you’ll recover.
• When you start brushing your teeth again, be very, very gentle around the extraction zone.
Here’s a helpful article to give you a little ore detail in this topic - http://www.medicinenet.com/wisdom_teeth/page2.htm