We hope your summer is filled with many things to love: vacations, beach days, backyard barbecues, breaks from sports or school year activities and just some to relax. Have you considered that summer is also a great time to have your teen’s wisdom teeth removed? Summer is a good time for wisdom teeth removal because a more relaxed schedule allows for a full recovery and ample rest without missing school or juggling other activities.
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, and are located at the very back of the mouth. Our office recommends early evaluation of emerging wisdom teeth, ideally between 16 – 19 years old, because recovery time for children in this age range is typically significantly less than for adults. Also, wisdom teeth which are removed early have less developed roots and can lead to fewer complications.
Our evaluation consists of a x-ray to check the presence and alignment of wisdom teeth. We understand that your child will not be thrilled to undergo removal of their wisdom teeth but we communicate that removal now saves potential problems and a more complicated, painful experience in having them removed as an adult.
COMMON REASONS TO HAVE YOUR WISDOM TEETH REMOVED
The most common factors leading to removal of wisdom teeth are impacted molars, teeth that emerge at an odd angle, or not enough room in the mouth for the third molars. Each situation can result in painful and possibly dangerous consequences, such as teeth trapped in the jawbone or pressing against your other teeth.
BENEFITS OF WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL
There are many other advantages to early extraction of wisdom teeth, such as:
- Easier and faster recovery.
- Lower chance of related complications.
- Less chance of infection and inflammation that can spread to other teeth.
- Prevents painful crowding of other teeth due to lack of space.
- Easier and more effective oral hygiene. Due to their location, wisdom teeth can be tough to keep clean.
- Avoid cysts and/or tumors associated with impacted wisdom teeth, and the extensive procedures needed to remove them.
- Decreased chance of gum disease, inflammation, receding gum tissues, deterioration of the jawbone and tooth loss.
- Peace of mind and a healthy smile!