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There is much debate surrounding the removal of wisdom teeth, some say they should be removed early; others worry about the cost implications and whether it’s necessary to get them removed as a young adult or later in life.

We are here to bust those all important myths about wisdom teeth with our 11 steps:

  1. 1.The cost is greater than the pain – Fiction
    1. a.Oral surgeons are able to provide payment plans that will ensure the most cost effective plan for removing wisdom teeth. As a relatively low key procedure, relieving your pain vs paying for the surgery is more important
    2. 2.Early removal is more beneficial in the long term – Fact
      1. a.It has been suggested that the early removal of wisdom teeth helps in the long term as it is less traumatic to the patient and increases the recovery time. The optimum time for wisdom teeth removal is between the ages of 18 and 24 years old.
      2. 3.You have to be put to sleep to have your wisdom teeth removed – Fiction
        1. a.There are various different options available when it comes to sleep dentistry, for those that have anxiety about the dentist or surgery it may be best to opt for sleep dentistry. Whilst those who don’t have an issue with this being performed could opt for which allows a more speedy recovery time.
        2. 4.Wisdom teeth removal should happen before travelling to foreign countries – Fact, sort of...
          1. a.Of course this depends on the area you are travelling to, but if you know that your wisdom teeth are already causing you problems and you are travelling to a remote destination where you may not be able to get this type of surgery, it is advisable to remove them prior to travel.
          2. 5.Following surgery you should not smoke or drink – Fact
            1. a.In order to allow yourself the best recovery, it is advisable not to smoke or drink. Post surgery of this kind clotting can form and neither smoking nor drinking help to prevent this. By looking after yourself and arranging somebody to take care of you after the surgery you give yourself a faster recovery time.

The removal of wisdom teeth has become a standard procedure for more dentists and patients are getting them extracted more frequently and earlier to avoid the potential risks, pain and discomfort associated with impacted wisdom teeth. There is much advice available, with professionals on hand to provide advice, information and cost plans for a safe and smooth extraction.

 

 

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