Most people are given the option of extracting their wisdom teeth while they’re young adults. You might be facing that decision right now. Naturally, few people are happy to have even one tooth pulled, let alone up to four at once!
But there are pluses to getting your third molars out sooner rather than later.
Are You In Pain?
Wisdom teeth that are erupting through the gums can be quite irritating. You can head off the pain before it starts by opting to have your wisdom teeth taken out.
Your wisdom teeth may not be bothering you right now. But your dentist may recommend extraction anyway if they appear to be on a collision course with other teeth.
Do You Really Need Them?
Because wisdom teeth are located so far back in the mouth, it’s easy to neglect them with brushing and flossing. This puts them at risk for developing cavities and gum disease in the tissues around them.
Should problems arise, you’re not going to be in a hurry to treat those teeth with a filling or crown. So, this brings you to a dilemma: would you prefer to have those molars pulled as the need arises? Or would it be simpler to just have them taken out all at once at a convenient time you can plan for?
True, some people manage to hold onto their wisdom teeth their entire lives without much trouble. To see if that’s going to work in your case, you’ll need to work closely with your dentist. Keep an eye on how your wisdom teeth develop and keep them as clean as you can.
Posted on behalf of:
River Ranch Dental
203 George Hopper Rd #100
Midlothian, TX 76065
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