Once you experience the first signs of wisdom teeth, it's time to take action. Here's why.
If you're of a slightly older generation, you may have been advised by your elders that you should do things right away. Procrastination, we were told, is the thief of time.
We never really subscribed to that line of thinking. In fact, we believe that putting things on the long finger is one of the great privileges of being an intelligent human being.
And we are supported in our view by some of the great wits of the modern era. Mark Twain, for example, said that we should “Never put off till tomorrow what may be done the day after tomorrow just as well.”
And supporting this view is Ellen DeGeneres, who once quipped: “Procrastinate now. Don’t put it off.”
Or on a more sober note, the wonderful Pablo Picasso was quoted as saying “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.”
If you're wondering why we’re waxing lyrical on the subject of procrastination in today’s blog, the answer is simple. Our topic for today is getting wisdom teeth removed and believe us when we tell you that this is one area where procrastination very definitely doesn’t pay off.
Let us explain to you why this is true. Wisdom teeth are actually a third set of molars. Some of us get them – some of us don't. Thousands of years ago, they would have been the norm for everybody, as ancient man used them to chomp on tough roots and other hard substances.
But as our diet has become softer and more refined over the years, the need for this third set of molars declined, so nature decided that we don't really need them any more. In generations to come, it's likely that they will become less and less common.
The problem, of course, is that we already have a perfectly good second set of molars, so when these interlopers turn up – usually from the mid-teens onwards – there’s a simple problem of how to accommodate so many teeth in a finite space.
The bottom line, therefore, is that once the early symptoms of pain arrive, wisdom teeth extraction is really your only option. The longer you put things off, the worse the pain will become. And because the roots of the wisdom teeth will grow for about two years from the first signs of pain, the eventual extraction procedure will become more difficult the longer you leave things.
And trust us when we tell you that there are very few things more painful than an impacted wisdom teeth, which is the technical name for when your emerging wisdom tooth becomes trapped in the gum and surrounding area.
Once this has happened, it's really the death knell for the offending gnasher, and you need to get to your dentist as quickly as possible to arrange a wisdom teeth removal.
This may seem terribly unfair – especially when your teeth may be in excellent shape otherwise – but sadly, life isn't always fair or equitable.
So don’t let a minor problem become a major one. Get it sorted right away. And in the meantime, if you want to read up on this topic a little more, may we recommend the following helpful article - http://www.medicinenet.com/wisdom_teeth/page2.htm