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The longer you put off getting your wisdom teeth sorted, the worse it will be. Here’s why.

We tend not to go mad on the social scene on ‘school nights’, but earlier this week, we met up with a few old school friends and had been looking forward to it for weeks. The three guys we were meeting up with had been pals since the age of five, and though our lives had weaved apart over the years, we still made a point of hooking up three or four times a year to keep the flame of friendship alive.


Normally, they're nights of fun, laughter, reminiscences and general ‘good craic’. And as each of the group likes to talk, there’s usually no shortage of great stories and good humour.


On this occasion, however, something was amiss. We couldn’t put our finger on it at first, but it eventually dawned on us. In all the revelry, one of our friends was almost mono-syllabic throughout the night – very unlike him.


At first we suspected that he was just a little down – maybe with a sick child at home or having had a rough day at work. But on a visit to the Gents, we asked him why he was so silent.


The answer was not what we expected. He said that he was suffering from wisdom teeth symptoms and was keeping his mouth firmly closed as it seemed to relieve some of the discomfort. The reason this surprised us was because our good friend is in his forties, and wisdom teeth usually strike in the late teens. That said, however, they can pop up at any age, so we shouldn’t have been overly-surprised.


Once we found out what was wrong with him, the dentist in us quickly came to the fore and we probed him on what he was going to do about it. He hummed and hawed and it was obvious that he was putting things on the long finger. He hadn’t been to this dentist, and seemed to be hoping that the pain would go away of its own accord.


We quickly assured him that this was not the case and that he should consider wisdom teeth removal – and the sooner the better. The reason for this is that the roots of wisdom teeth continue to grow for a couple of years after the initial pangs of discomfort. So the longer you put it off, the bigger a deal it becomes when you eventually opt for wisdom teeth extraction.


Also, if you put things on the long finger, you can end up with conditions such as an impacted wisdom tooth, where the third molars are trapped in the gum and have literally nowhere to go.


And in case you can sort things with a few painkillers, this is sadly not the case. Permanent wisdom teeth pain relief is not possible, and those painkillers will soon lose their power to ease the pain.


So trust us when we say that the only solution to the pain of wisdom teeth is to have them out. And if you think you may be experiencing the initial pangs, here’s a helpful article to aid you in researching your next steps - http://www.medicinenet.com/wisdom_teeth/page2.htm