When you are contemplating the removal of your wisdom teeth, it is wiser to think about the problems that you are preventing rather than the problems that you are correcting. In fact, at the moment that your oral surgeon suggests extracting your wisdom teeth, you might not be experiencing any problems at all.
During that period of time, you may actually be experiencing the calm before the storm which provides you with a false sense of security, and that’s precisely what you want to prevent. There are a host of health problems associated with the wisdom teeth, many of which can be completely avoided by simply electing to have these teeth removed before the problems begin. The problem is that it is nearly impossible to determine the exact moment that a wisdom tooth will start to go bad. The safest bet is to have a dental professional to evaluate each tooth and determine that tooth’s potential for future problems.
Extracting a tooth is far more predictable and comfortable if the surgery takes place before the infection sets in.
Of course, you could opt to wait until the wisdom teeth begin to cause problems, although such a decision could complicate an otherwise straightforward surgical procedure.
An infection is one of the more common health concerns regarding the wisdom teeth. This can easily occur when the tooth has partially broken through the gums, creating an opening that’s perfect for bacteria to collect but impossible to clean with a toothbrush. An infection can overpower your immune system, causing pain, swelling, fever, and a generally ill feeling that can become worse with time.
If the appropriate treatment is postponed or withheld, the infection can spread to other parts of the mouth or enter the bloodstream, introducing harmful inflammation to the rest of the body.
Extracting a tooth is far more predictable and comfortable if the surgery takes place before the infection sets in. After the area has become infected, the body generally takes longer to heal.
Take a proactive stance and consult our experienced team of oral surgeons about your wisdom teeth today.