Signing yourself up for an oral surgery procedure such as having your wisdom teeth removed might sound like self-inflicted torture. It’s the kind of thing that most patients would rather avoid until there are no other options. After all, most of us know at least one friend or acquaintance who retells the horror story of their wisdom tooth experience.
If your wisdom teeth do need to be extracted, even if they are not causing you serious pain at the moment, it is wise to follow the advice of your dentist and see your oral surgeon sooner rather than later. The surgical procedure for having wisdom teeth removed has become far more sophisticated and predictable. Each surgery is performed with your comfort and safety as the highest priorities. Plus, getting the wisdom teeth out as soon as possible will most likely prevent you from suffering from a number of uncomfortable consequences in the future.
If your wisdom teeth do need to be extracted, even if they are not causing you serious pain at the moment, it is wise to follow the advice of your dentist and see your oral surgeon sooner rather than later.
The modern human jaw is barely large enough to accommodate the third and final set of molars. This does not prevent the wisdom teeth from trying to force themselves into the farthest corners of your mouth. Without adequate space, you can expect to encounter pain, infection, crowding, cysts, and tooth decay for an indefinite period of time.
Beginning around age 17, and continuing until the teeth are extracted, your body will try to accommodate the third molars. It’s an uncomfortable battle that your immune system just can’t win. As a result, you will experience periods of time when the discomfort seems to increase and then subside. You might report to your dentist that the pain seems to come and go occasionally. This is your body’s effort to fight the swelling that comes from a tooth that may be partially stuck through the gum tissue, or a tooth that you are unable to clean thoroughly. The fact of the matter is that there is a chronic collection of bacteria that supports a chronic, low-grade infection that often does not present itself with any symptoms at all until it is too late.
You should know that damage is occurring during this time, even when you feel that the discomfort has disappeared. Protecting your oral health by having your wisdom teeth extracted is a smart decision that you won’t regret.
To schedule your appointment for oral surgery, contact the office of the Chicago wisdom tooth expert, Dr. Steven Koos, today.