Wisdom teeth removal can be a pretty fun experience. Seriously…fun, you say? Yep. You (or more likely, your teen!) get to be sedated and act all loopy while the family films and posts the videos on Facebook. And what could be more fun than (the embarrassment of) becoming an overnight social media sensation?
All kidding aside…if you think about wisdom teeth removal and only imagine the pain and the bill that comes with it, you’re probably wondering why it’s even necessary.
Ah, wisdom teeth. They either hurt you, or… well, or they do nothing. But for most people, they hurt – which is usually reason enough for those people to get rid of them. But if the aches and pains don’t convince you to get your wisdom teeth removed, consider this:
The discomfort you feel isn’t only because you have a new tooth pushing through your tender gums. The majority of the time, wisdom teeth don’t have enough room to grow in the back of your mouth. This can lead to a variety of problems, including the following:
Not only will you finally be alleviated of that pain in the back of your mouth, but wisdom teeth removal can have other benefits to your oral health, too, including:
And not to mention that you’ll have an excuse to eat ice cream all day afterwards. Whoop, Whoop!
In the end, you decide whether you want your wisdom teeth removed. But your dentist will likely recommend wisdom teeth removal if you experience any of the following issues:
Of course, not everyone needs their wisdom teeth removed if they are healthy, fully-erupted, positioned correctly, and can be cleaned sufficiently. However, not a lot of people are lucky enough to have properly grown wisdom teeth. And that’s okay!
Just don’t risk your (or your teen’s) oral health to avoid having a wisdom teeth removal procedure. And if you’re in doubt over whether you need the procedure or not, just talk to your dentist!