Impacted wisdom teeth can be beyond unpleasant, but many of people try to wait out their discomfort, hoping it will just go away. They are afraid that seeing their dentist will be even worse than the throbbing ache in their jaw. Unfortunately, the longer they wait, the more damage there is to other teeth, nerves, and gums. There is also a greater chance of getting a dangerous infection.

Prevention is the best way to avoid issues with wisdom teeth, as early removal gives the teeth less time to take root. The x-rays that come standard with your normal dental exam will give early warning of future problems. Your dentist will tell you well in advance whether you should have your wisdom teeth removed. However, if you are like a lot of others, you might decide to take a wait-and-see approach. This is usually because of a fear of dentistry, due to worries about pain, embarrassment, and/or anesthesia.

Dental anxiety is very common, perhaps because of the countless horror stories that go around about old-fashioned wisdom tooth removal practices. Most people don’t realize how far dentistry has come in minimizing pain, both during the procedure as well as throughout the recovery period. Full anesthesia is necessary far less often, with modern sedation dentistry methods. Many have discovered that with today’s practices, removal of wisdom teeth can be simple and painless.

Keep in mind that even if you are not experiencing issues with your wisdom teeth now, failing to remove them can cause you problems down the road. There often isn’t enough space for these late-blooming molars, so they push and crowd other teeth out of the way. With the tight squeeze, they are very difficult to keep clean, and they have a high chance of becoming decayed. In addition, they have a tendency to develop cysts, which will eventually lead to discomfort for you.

Contact our office today to discuss how we can help you avoid wisdom tooth troubles.  Call or email us today and we will be happy to set up an initial consultation.