Are your wisdom teeth bothering you? When it comes to your teeth you can never be too careful and the fact of the matter is lots of people do not even bother to have their wisdom teeth checked. Dental costs keep on rising and the amount of people that get their yearly checkups keeps going down. Something you have to understand is your teeth can affect your overall health and because of that you have to get your teeth checked as often as you can.
In regards to your wisdom teeth one thing that you have to understand is when they're not growing the right way then your whole mouth is going to bother you. What lots of people experience is some puffiness on the sides of their mouth and in their cheeks. The problem that you'll face if your wisdom teeth begin hurting is your mouth will get very stiff and closing it will be practically impossible. This isn't the greatest problem, the biggest problem is when people simply pop a pain reliever and think they will be OK. You won't be OK because your mouth will keep on getting puffier and eventually you won't be able to eat or drink anything.
The most common reason individuals even have their wisdom teeth extracted is because they don't have adequate room in their mouth for all their teeth and when this happens you have to take things out in order to make your teeth grow the right way. The problem with this is you do not know if your teeth are going to be able to grow right until they're actually pressing up against your wisdom teeth and the reason is because your teeth can alter their growth pattern very quickly. What you need to be aware of is that wisdom teeth grow in a really steady direction whereas the rest of your teeth can start growing properly and all of the sudden start pushing up against the rest of your teeth. This is not something you'll be able to see by yourself so you will want to get a dentist to take a look at your teeth and see what's happening.
Another thing you must understand regarding having your wisdom teeth extracted is that you need to always consult a dentist and see what your choices are and if you actually need to get them removed. What lots of people don't know is that you don't always have to have your wisdom teeth extracted, often times people will never need them pulled simply because they never are in the way. If both you and your dentist think you do not need your wisdom teeth extracted then you'll be one of the lucky ones that can skip this hurtful surgery but if you think it's time to have them removed then plan wisely. My advice is to plan your surgery on a 3 or 4 day weekend or an extended holiday of some kind and the reason is because it will take you a while to get back to regular health.
A common question that you'll run into is, how do I get over the fear of getting my wisdom teeth pulled? We often here our Wittooth and Queen Creek patients saying that they're down-right scared of wisdom teeth removal and would rather deal with the annoying pain than have the procedure. The problem to being afraid of your Wittooth oral surgeon and having the procedure done is that most of those fears are irrational, based on horror stories that you've heard from grandparents or read on the internet. The best way to combat fear is to become familiar with the unknown, and in this case that unknown is the wisdom teeth extraction procedure.