Getting wisdom teeth removed is your best bet.
Don’t put off getting those wisdom teeth sorted – things will only get worse. Here’s why.
Due to a combination of reasons, we’re working from home as we tap out our daily blog today. And as we look outside, it’s snowing quite heavily.
Isn’t it strange how we all become children when it snows! There’s a row of poplar trees at the back of our house and at this time of year, their leaves have long gone and they look bare and forlorn. But when they’re covered in a light sprinkling of white, they’re like something from a Christmas card – beautiful!
Every child who headed off to school this morning will be hoping that it continues to snow during the day – and that there’ll be enough of a ‘drift’ to have a snowball fight or maybe get the toboggan out of the garage for some high jinks.
Their parents, however, are probably thinking other thoughts. They want the snow to melt as quickly as possible, making it safer to travel by car – and safer for the elderly who can be at risk in slippery conditions.
And there, in a nutshell, you have a definition of wisdom. Children take a romantic view of snow, while we older and wiser lemons know that it can be beautiful – but dangerous.
Typically, this sort of wisdom doesn’t present itself until our adolescence. And as this is the time when a third set of molars appear in some people’s mouths, they have become known in popular culture as wisdom teeth.
At face value, this seems like a good thing. A nice new set of molars – what could possibly go wrong? Well, the fact of the matter is that these molars may not have anywhere to go, assuming the rest of your teeth are all present and correct.
And in cases like this, there’s simply no alternative to wisdom teeth extraction. We dentists hate the thought of removing healthy teeth, but sadly, we have to make an exception in this case. And extraction becomes particularly urgent in cases where you have an impacted wisdom teeth – this simply means that it’s become trapped in the gum because of lack of room elsewhere in your mouth.
The reason that wisdom teeth removal is recommended sooner rather than later is that the roots of the new teeth will continue to grow for up to two years after you first fell those early pangs. This means that, when you eventually get around to having them removed, the procedure will be that much more complex and potentially painful. So the sooner you act, the better.
Getting wisdom teeth removed is much easier when the roots haven’t had a chance to grow that much, and if you do nothing, the pain and discomfort will only get worse over time.
The bottom line is that if you experience any new and unexplained pain towards the back of your mouth, you should be mindful of the fact that this could be the warning sign of emerging wisdom teeth. So drop in to your dentist and have the problem confirmed – and a plan of action drawn up.
If you suspect that you may be experiencing the early warning signs of wisdom teeth, here’s a helpful article on the topic for your education - http://www.medicinenet.com/wisdom_teeth/page2.htm