We have reached the month of the year when hundreds of thousands of tasseled caps will be tossed into the air. High school graduations are a time of celebration and new beginnings. College-bound teens have little more on their minds than stepping into the new chapter of their life. Parents of those college-bound teens may have very little else on their minds, as well, as this change may be the beginning of empty-nesting. Now is a time to plan, though, and preparing for college means attending to health matters that may easily be overlooked.
The development of wisdom teeth is a prime example of an essential pre-college health matter. This is relevant whether a teen is headed across the country or across town for their next level of education. Visiting our office for a thorough examination early in the summer is ideal because it allows us plenty of time to extract wisdom teeth before the Fall semester.
Why so pushy?
It is not uncommon for dentists to recommend wisdom teeth removal during the teen years. The general recommendation is that these third molars be extracted before age 25 if they have not been addressed during the teenage years. The reason for this recommendation is that wisdom teeth can cause unexpected and persistent problems. For the college student, these problems can be particularly disruptive to life. Symptoms that may be triggered by developing (or fully erupted) wisdom teeth include:
- Tooth pain or pain in the jaw.
- Sinus pressure or pain.
- Damage to adjacent teeth.
- Forced alignment shifts in adjacent teeth, leading to overcrowding.
There are several concerns that we have about wisdom teeth. One is that these teeth will become impacted beneath the gums, unable to erupt because there is no space to do so. Another common problem is that wisdom teeth may grow in only part-way. The half-in, half-out nature of partially erupted teeth invites decay by harboring food particles and bacteria.
Wisdom teeth present more concerns than they do value, which is why most people eventually need to have these molars extracted. If you have a teen in your life, you have a good reason to contact our Hedgesville office to learn more about wisdom teeth removal. Our friendly staff can help you at (304) 754-8803.