Why Your Child Shouldn’t Take His Wisdom Teeth to College
- Posted on: Jun 30 2018
We are at that time of year when many teens are leaving high school behind and preparing for the adventure of college. Whether your child will be attending school nearby or traveling to another part of the country to attend their preferred school, it is understandable that your objective is to help him succeed. College success entails a bit more than hitting the books. Kids also fair the best when they begin this new stage of life with optimal health in their pocket. Wisdom teeth may throw a monkey-wrench into this plan.
The teen years can be extraordinarily busy. Therefore, they can go by in a flash. Before you know it, your child is ready to fly from the nest before you’ve had a chance to even think about wisdom teeth removal. If your family is on the threshold to a new chapter, now is a great time to schedule dental care that addresses all necessary needs, including those wisdom teeth.
Why Sooner is Better than Later
The general recommendation is that wisdom teeth be removed before age 25. Wisdom teeth removal is one of the few preventive extraction procedures that dentists encourage. They encourage it to prevent symptoms of complicated wisdom teeth eruption that get in the way of daily living. Common symptoms include:
- Tooth pain
- Tooth damage or shifting
- Swelling of the jaw
- Sinus pain
These symptoms are often resultant from impaction during an attempted eruption. Impaction means that wisdom teeth are trying to grow in but can’t because there is no space for them. Therefore, they get trapped beneath the gums.
Even if wisdom teeth do start to grow through the gums, they often become stuck. A partial eruption can significantly increase the risk of cavities, infection, and gum inflammation because particles of food can accumulate around these hard-to-reach molars.
Pain isn’t a Symptom
Well, of course, pain is a symptom that something is wrong. What we mean is that, even if wisdom teeth aren’t causing pain, there are benefits to removing them. When left to natural development, wisdom teeth often grow in at odd angles that force adjacent teeth to shift.
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