What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth in teenagers are officially known as the third molars and are the last teeth to grow at the age between 15 – 18 years. They are the ones at the very far end of the mouth, neighboring to your molars and near to the throat. A person grows four wisdom teeth, two at the bottom (one right and another one left) and two on the top (one on the right and another one on the left). Okay, you already know this part, so let’s move on.
Benefits associated with early removal of wisdom teeth
Early removal of wisdom teeth ensures that there will be less trouble later. The primary reason for removing wisdom teeth is to correct an underlying problem or to control threats that may arise in the future. At the age of 15 – 18, it’s the time when wisdom teeth fully develop as well as the perfect time for their removal. Between this age, the roots are not fully formed, hence loosely attached to the jaw. This will allow dentists to remove the teeth with ease and with minimal post-surgery pain.
What happens if you don’t get your wisdom teeth removed while you are still a teen?
By the age of 18, the majority of teens usually have about 32 teeth. Unfortunately, the average mouth of an adult can comfortably hold 28 teeth. Having a small mouth that’s not enough to accommodate wisdom teeth to erupt into proper position, may come along with many problems which include.
Disarranged teeth may be partially erupted, creating a deep pocket that becomes a breeding place for bacteria, as a result, infecting the teeth. The submerged pocket becomes even harder to clean using a toothbrush or floozy cleaners. As debris increases bacteria also accumulates, causing a cycle of pain due to inflammation and infection
2. Transmit infections to adjacent teeth
If there is not enough space to sufficiently brush and floss around the wisdom tooth, the tooth directly next to the wisdom tooth can be equally affected, resulting in cavities and gum infections.
3. Crowding of teeth
It is believed that pressure from the erupting wisdom tooth may cause a movement and relapse alignment of orthodontically existing teeth. There are also other factors that may lead our teeth to shift, but impacted wisdom teeth are the most contributing factor. Removing of wisdom is not a full guarantee of protecting overcrowding; however, it helps to eliminate possible future crowding and bite changes.
How to recover after getting wisdom teeth removed
After your wisdom teeth are removed it’s crucial to take good notes from your dentist on the following;
Ways to control bleeding - definitely; bleeding will occur, and probably it may take several days after removal. They should avoid forceful spitting of blood to prevent dislodging the blood clot from the wisdom tooth socket.
Ways to relieve pain – your dentist may recommend pain drugs, or you can as well access painkillers such as Tylenol or Advil from over the counter shops.
How to minimize swelling - In case of development of swells, you are recommended to use an ice pack on the area. However, after two to three days, swells around the cheeks will have improved.
Food to consume – you should only consume soft foods such as porridge for the first day after removal. After a day or so, you can feed on solid foods like mashed potatoes, once you feel comfortable.
How to clean the mouth – for the first day after removal, you are recommended to use mouthwash to rinse through the mount. After a day you may begin brushing your teeth although with a lot of care, especially near the wounds. Also, after 24hrs you should start doing a mouth rinse salt water after every two hours and after meals for a week.
The benefits of removing wisdom teeth during teen years are worth it. Therefore, you can book an appointment with your dentist for a checkup. Emailing may be one of the best ways to reach your dentist as email security are well encrypted.