Why Now May be the Time for Your Teen to have Wisdom Teeth Removed
- Posted on: Jun 15 2018
June is a month of notable change. In many parts of the country, the weather is finally inviting us outdoors. All across the world, this is also a time of year for change within society and in individual families as high-schoolers leave one phase of life behind for another. If you have a teen who is about to enter college, whether far from home or just down the road, there are reasons why now may be the best possible time to visit Wylie Dental Care for wisdom tooth extraction.
Understandably, the few months between high school and college can pass in a blur. Many parents we meet state that the entire four years of high school passed in the blink of an eye. The idea of dental care having anything to do with this time in life is barely a blip on the radar for most parents, let alone their teen. Here, we want to point out why, even in the bustle of preparation for college, dental care is valuable for future success on campus.
The Tricky Nature of Wisdom Teeth
There is a bit of contention about wisdom teeth and whether they should be removed or allowed to grow in. The general practice has been to remove a person’s wisdom teeth before they turn 25. In many cases, these third molars begin to grow in sometime between adolescence and early adulthood. Usually, the development of wisdom teeth incurs symptoms. The question is whether or not a teen will alert a parent to this change in dental health.
Throughout the teen years, we observe dental development on x-ray images to monitor the progression of wisdom teeth. It is vital that we address any anomalies in growth as quickly as possible. Otherwise, the teen is susceptible to unpleasant symptoms such as:
- Oral pain due to teeth breaking through the gums
- Jaw pain
- Changes to alignment
- Chronic sinus pain, headaches, or earaches.
Symptoms such as these can be a distraction for any student. In addition to uncomfortable side effects of wisdom teeth growth, teens may also experience dental problems if these teeth do not complete their development. Often, wisdom teeth become impacted, or caught up in soft tissue. This can exert pressure on surrounding teeth and may also invite infection by trapping particles of food and bacteria in tiny crevices.
We support patients of all ages by providing professional care in a welcoming atmosphere. To discuss wisdom teeth removal or schedule a consultation for treatment in our Glen Dale office, call (304) 845-2480.