An infected wisdom tooth is the worst type of pain.
There’s really no alternative to extraction when the pain of wisdom teeth strikes.
There was an animated conversation in the surgery last week on a topic that might surprise you. While all our dentists love their job, they were debating which was the worst part of their day-to-day work.
Two issues cropped up time and again. The first of these was extracting a tooth – for whatever reason. Quite simply, our dentists devote themselves to saving teeth rather than extracting them, and they genuinely hate to have to break the news to a patient that a tooth is beyond repair.
The second issue was closely related – but slightly different. It was the removal of perfectly healthy wisdom teeth. It seems totally counter-intuitive that a dedicated and committed dentist would go against his principles by taking out a tooth that seemed to have no visible defect.
Sadly, however, your dentist will have no other option if wisdom teeth should strike. Why is this? Well for the simple reason that you can’t put a quart into a pint jar. Assuming that you have all your teeth intact, the arrival of this third set of molars means that there’s simply not enough room in your mouth to accommodate them PLUS the newly arriving wisdom teeth.
Many centuries ago, our ancestors would have needed their third set of molars to handle tough foods like roots. Today, however, our food is very highly processed so there is no such need. This means that when they arrive (and thankfully, they don't affect all of us), the only real option is the removal of wisdom teeth.
The reason for this is that if you don't take action, things will only get worse. The roots will continue to grow, in fact, for up to two years after you first feel them. Therefore, the longer you put things on the long finger, the more complex the extraction will be. Also, it can lead to conditions such as an infected wisdom tooth. And trust us when we say that you DO NO WANT to go there!
If there’s one piece of good news in all of this, it's the fact that it won't put a major dent in your pocket to get the offending teeth removed. So with wisdom teeth removal cost being so affordable, the quicker you make an appointment to have them taken out, the better.
And once you’ve paid the wisdom teeth extraction cost, you’ll never have to worry about the problem again as it's simply impossible to have a fourth set of molars arrive on the scene.
The bottom line is that you’ve never had any problems with wisdom teeth and you’ve got to your early twenties, you're probably safe and they’ll never appear. But if you're one of the unlucky ones, then there’s simply no other alternative to having them extracted – and sooner rather than later.
If you think you may have experienced the nagging signs of impending wisdom teeth, then here's an article you might like to read on this topic - http://www.medicinenet.com/wisdom_teeth/page2.htm