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Sometimes it makes sense to put things on the long finger – but not when it comes to wisdom teeth removal. Here’s why.

You’ve probably heard the old joke that goes as follows: “One of these days, I’m going to get help for my procrastination problem.”

And let’s face it, most of us put things on the long finger at one time or another. We’ll find an excuse for not doing the washing up after dinner, or not cutting the grass at the weekend, or not doing our homework until the very last minute.

And in the vast majority of cases, nothing particularly bad happens as a result of our procrastination. But there’s one big exception to this rule – it’s when you're faced with getting wisdom teeth removed.


And there’s a very good reason for this. Quite simply, wisdom teeth extraction is best faced up to as early as possible, because it's a problem that will only get worse with time. This is because the wisdom teeth roots continue to grow long after the first symptoms have been detected, so the longer you put it off, the bigger the problem will become.


Tell me more about wisdom teeth

Your wisdom teeth are actually a third set of molars that come to some people – but not to others. It sounds a bit unfair, but that’s life! And even if you’re one of those who get wisdom teeth, they don't necessarily have to cause you a problem.


The trouble arises when the wisdom teeth become ‘impacted’. Impacted wisdom teeth is another way of saying that they get trapped within the gum and can't escape due to pressure from other teeth.


If this has already happened to you – or if you suspect that it's lurking down the road – then wisdom teeth removal is your best option – and the sooner the better.


This set of third molars typically arrives when you're around eighteen to twenty-five. And because this is the time of our lives when we start to wise up (allegedly), they have become commonly known as wisdom teeth.


What are the symptoms?

Thankfully, the early symptoms of wisdom teeth are pretty easy to spot. Typically, you can expect to feel a dull, throbbing pain. And unlike other forms of toothache, this pain can be very persistent, as the pressure simply doesn’t go away.


The pain can be particularly acute when your wisdom teeth are coming in at a bad angle, or are simply too big for your mouth. The good news about wisdom teeth, however, is that you simply don’t need them. We know it's a shame to lose perfectly healthy teeth, but the fact is that they were used by our ancestors thousands of years ago for their particular diet – one that we no longer share with them.


If you suspect that you may be getting wisdom teeth, why not drop in to us and let us have a look. Or if you'd like to do some research in the meantime, here’s a helpful article to read on the on the website of MedicineNet.com - http://www.medicinenet.com/wisdom_teeth/page2.htm