The winter holidays are quickly approaching, and from purchasing gifts to decorating the home, many families are preparing for the festivities ahead.
However, wintertime is also a perfect opportunity to schedule a wisdom teeth extraction for you or your child.
The oral surgeons at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Nashville not only agree that you should take advantage of the winter break for this necessary procedure – we highly encourage it!
When Should You Remove Wisdom Teeth?
While you may think that your wisdom teeth aren’t a problem now, they might be in the future. Over time, your wisdom teeth may erupt through the gum line at an odd angle. This can cause pain and discomfort due to pressure on other teeth. Your mouth might become overcrowded, causing further pain. In addition, this growth can cause pockets that are difficult to clean with normal brushing. This can lead to infection and tooth decay.
Usually, oral surgeons will recommend wisdom teeth removal to avoid these problems. The American Dental Association recommends that extraction should happen between the ages of 16 and 19. This is because, as we age, our bone becomes denser. As a result, wisdom teeth extraction becomes difficult and riskier for older people.
Since most wisdom teeth patients are young adults, winter break is a perfect opportunity to schedule an extraction. You’ll be able to recover without missing any classes. In addition, you could cash in on end-of-year dental benefits.
Ample Recovery Time
Healing from oral surgery, especially wisdom teeth extraction, can take a long time. On average, it takes about a week for full healing. During this time, you will have to consume soft foods and fluids and take extra care to keep the area clean. You may have to take antibiotics or painkillers, depending on your procedure and overall tooth health.
Normally, this procedure will require you to miss many days of school. During the winter break, you likely aren’t attending classes. Scheduling your wisdom teeth extraction during this time is the perfect way to maintain your productivity and oral health!
At the end of the year, many dental benefits expire on families’ insurance plans. If you or your family has a Flexible Savings Account (FSA), you’ve likely allotted a certain amount of money for dental procedures. These funds usually expire and restart at the beginning of the new year. Scheduling your wisdom teeth extraction during the winter holidays is the perfect way to take advantage of these benefits before they expire.
Ready to take advantage of the winter break with wisdom teeth removal? Schedule an appointment with OMS Nashville today.