Wisdom teeth removal is one of life’s necessary evils.
The quicker you act to sort wisdom teeth, the better. Here’s why.
We love next door to a very charming young family, with three children aged two, five and eight. The middle child is a girl – or a young lady, if we’re to be more accurate, as she’s very confident and sure of her place in the world.
As we left for work this morning, her Mum was packing her into the car to take her off to school. It was fairly obvious from her body language that our young friend was none too pleased at being taken out of a warm bed on a cold January morning.
On about ten occasions, she moaned at her Mum that “it's just not fair”. We were under a bit of time pressure, so simply didn’t have time to go over to her and tell her we understand where she’s coming from.
Surely one ‘duvet day’ wouldn’t hurt her academic performance? But sadly, life doesn't always work on the basis of what's fair or what’s unfair. And as a case in point, we’re thinking of the many patients who come in to us each year for wisdom teeth extraction.
Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars that come to some of us – but not to others. And the unfairness is compounded by the fact that the problem is bigger for people who’ve kept their teeth in great condition.
This is because if all your teeth are present and correct, the newly-emerging third molars have simply nowhere to go, causing untold pain and discomfort. And in cases where you have an impacted wisdom teeth (where the tooth becomes trapped in the gum), you’ll really get to know what the word pain means.
This is why there's only one practical course of action to take when these bounders strike – and that course of action is wisdom teeth removal.
This might sound unfair, but it’s absolutely the right thing to do – and here’s why. The roots of those wisdom teeth will continue to grow for another two years after you first notice them. This means that if you put getting wisdom teeth removed on the long finger, the procedure will be more complex and more uncomfortable – so the sooner you act, the better.
Another good reason for acting fast is that there’s no real long-term pain relief available for wisdom teeth. In the short-term, over-the-counter painkillers may work, but as the pain grows stronger and more persistent, you will soon end up living in a world of constant discomfort.
The process of having the removed I simple enough, but may often end up in quite sever swelling for some patients. Others, however, get away with it, and you'd barely know that they’d had their third molars removed. This is yet another strand of unfairness attached to the world of wisdom teeth.
So take our word for it. If you think you’re experiencing the early warning signals of wisdom teeth, do something about it as soon as possible. And to get you started, here's a little further ‘homework’ on this topic – http://www.medicinenet.com/wisdom_teeth/page2.htm