June 7, 2019
It’s summer, and the last thing your teenager wants to think about is spending time inside recovering from wisdom tooth extractions. Although it does not sound like much fun to your teen, summer is the best time to have this type of procedure. Will they miss out on a few gatherings with friends? Maybe. Will they feel not so great for a few days? Probably. But the great thing about wisdom teeth extractions is they won’t keep your teen down for too long. Find out more about this procedure and why it’s best to have it done during the summer months.
What is the Process for a Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
How the wisdom tooth is positioned will determine how your dentist will need to remove it. If impacted, the dentist will need to make a small incision in the gum line to access the tooth. It may be necessary for the tooth to be cut into pieces before extracting it.
If the tooth has at least partially erupted through the gum line, the dentist may be able to use the appropriate tools to gently rock the tooth back and forth until it detaches.
But don’t worry! Before the dentist begins, he will make sure to administer local anesthesia to ensure your teen is comfortable and feeling no pain before he begins.
Why is it Best to Have Wisdom Teeth Removed in the Summer?
You were once a teenager, and if you recall, you were hoping you could get out of school for any reason at all. It should come as no surprise that your teenager probably feels the same way, which is why they probably won’t be too happy about having their wisdom teeth removed during the summer. Not only is it cutting into their social time with friends, but it means laying around the house, probably having to spend time with mom and dad – yuck!
However, the summer is the best time to have a wisdom tooth extraction because it prevents your teen from having to miss school and sports! While lying at home, away from school, is every kid’s dream, they’re probably forgetting the amount of homework waiting for them when they return. If they play sports, the amount of time they’ll be out recovering might put them behind or require they miss a game or two.
So, although your teen may be wishing they could be out of school for a while, if you have the option, try to schedule their procedure during the summer months. This will make it easier on them since they won’t need to make up homework or miss practice!
About the Author
Dr. Ryan Johnson is a self-proclaimed dental nerd. A graduate of the University of Florida, he earned a bachelor’s degree in finance before spending several years working in management and finance. Realizing his passion for helping people, he opted to pursue a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Johnson and his team will strive to help you keep your natural teeth for as long as possible, but if necessary, he will make sure you are comfortable should you need a tooth extracted. If you want to learn more about us and our services, contact us at (904) 751-4958.
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