Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Take Care of Your Wisdom Teeth
Most people considering having their wisdom teeth removed understand that going through with the procedure is no minor ordeal. It is a legitimate surgery, which is more than enough to scare people into putting it off for as long as possible. However, there are so many benefits to getting wisdom teeth removed closer to sooner than later, as well as some scary downsides to waiting too long.
Dr. Robert M. Walley wants to help you with your wisdom teeth when the time comes for them to be removed, and it is important not to wait too long for the following reasons:
Eliminate the Pain
The reason wisdom teeth are removed in the first place is because they can get impacted in your gums and lead to some pretty serious problems under the surface, not the least of which is significant pain. While the procedure involved with removing wisdom teeth isn’t entirely painless, it pales in comparison to the pain some patients feel after having left them alone too long in hopes of avoiding surgery. In some cases, it is just easier to get the procedure.
Lower the Chance of Infection
Another problem is infection, which occurs when wisdom teeth break through only partially, creating small flaps of gum tissue that can trap food and debris and generate bacteria that can transform into a nasty infection. Left untreated, these infections can bring cysts and abscesses on the gums that may have to be surgically removed anyway. It easier just to have the wisdom teeth causing the problem removed.
Keep Your Smile Straight
Impacted teeth can shift an entire row of teeth, which not only can make a smile crooked but also can affect the quality of your bite as teeth move around. Removing wisdom teeth proactively can remove the risk of shifting a full row of teeth.
The Procedure is More Complicated for Older Patients
When a patient is in their late teens or early 20s, the adult teeth have been in the mouth for less time, which means wisdom teeth will have done less damage and will have had less time to cement themselves into the gums and jawbone. Removing them at this point in a patient’s life rather than in their 30s or 40s is a much easier procedure.
Finding Recovery Time is Easier for Younger Patients
Recovery is easier for younger patients, too, not only in terms of bouncing back from the surgery more quickly, but also in terms of finding time for recovery. High school and college-age students have the full summer to work in a few weeks of recovery time, where adults may have a harder time taking those days off of work.
It’s Not as Scary as You Think!
Most importantly, Dr. Walley makes sure the wisdom teeth procedure is as quick and painless as possible. Entirely too many people are afraid of the surgery, but it really isn’t as bad as some make it out to be. More importantly, the benefits to ensuring it gets handled at a younger age seriously outweigh the anxiety that inspires patients to put it off for as long as possible.
If you would like to schedule your wisdom teeth removal, call the office of Dr. Robert M. Walley today!
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