School’s nearly back in session, and for parents of teenagers, that means shopping for clothes and supplies. But it also means that soon your young scholar will have a lot less free time for important medical appointments. If you think your teenager will need a wisdom tooth extraction in the near future, then seeing the oral surgeon in Des Peres before summer ends could save everyone a lot of time and trouble in the long run!
Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Extracted?
Wisdom teeth – sometimes called third molars – are the last teeth to erupt in the mouth. Unfortunately, that usually means there’s not enough room for them in the mouth, and that can cause all sorts of problems. The tooth could become impacted, meaning it’s stuck under the gumline. This is a very painful condition, but the discomfort isn’t even the worst of it. Your teen’s other teeth could be damaged by the extra molars pushing them around, causing further pain and alignment problems. Other potential complications of wisdom teeth include jaw damage, sinus issues, and inflamed gums.
Even if wisdom teeth are able to erupt without causing unnecessary pain or damage, they can still cause problems. Because of their position near the back of the mouth, they’re often hard to brush and floss effectively, meaning they can easily develop cavities or increase the chances of gum disease. These conditions could eventually put other teeth at risk.
Why Should a Wisdom Tooth Extraction Be Done in the Summer?
Since most wisdom tooth extraction patients are teenagers or young adults, it’s usually recommended to have the procedure done during the summer. That way they won’t have to worry about missing class or making up assignments on the day of the surgery. Furthermore, in most cases the patient will need a few days to recover after their wisdom teeth are removed; it’s best to have a wide-open schedule for this period of healing.
Even if wisdom teeth aren’t currently causing problems, it’ll usually be more convenient to have to procedure done as soon as possible. Otherwise, your teen might develop other oral health issues that need to be treated. Not only will this mean making additional appointments, but it’ll also mean you’ll have to pay for additional surgeries. “Sooner” is definitely better than “later” when it comes to preventing dental issues.
Of course, everyone’s situation is different, and there are occasions where wisdom teeth can come in safely without causing any problems at all. In any case, you should talk with an oral surgeon as soon as your teen’s wisdom teeth start to come in; they can help you figure out the most likely outcomes so that you can make a plan. And of course, summer’s the perfect time to schedule that consultation!
About the Author
Dr. Stewart Moreland is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, an honor that takes years of training and dedication beyond what’s required by dental schools. He has plenty of experience in surgically extracting impacted or partially impacted wisdom teeth. To schedule an appointment at his practice, visit his website or call (314) 569-1012.