Why Summer Is the Best Time to Get Your Wisdom Teeth Extracted
While wisdom teeth extraction is a common procedure, it is considered oral surgery that requires time after to rest and recover, so choosing a convenient time of the year is important. Summer is an excellent time to have your wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, extraction care completed.
The following are several reasons why summer may be the best time to undergo your wisdom teeth extraction:
Most wisdom teeth extractions are necessary for our teen or young adult population (16-25 years old.) Their break from studies is an ideal time to tackle this surgery and get it behind them. While the majority of 3rd molar extractions are on this younger population, we treat patients of all ages for their third molar extractions.
Unfortunately, many patients (of any age) delay removing their wisdom teeth. The goal is to get wisdom teeth extracted before they cause problems to existing teeth, are a source of pain, infection, or before the root tips finish forming and grow closer to the alveolar canal (a nerve canal). Scheduling a wisdom teeth extraction procedure during the summer generally is easy and most convenient, especially in this younger age group as it allows the extra couple days off from school (or work) to heal comfortably.
Some discomfort is expected after the extraction(s). You may require over-the-counter or prescription pain medications to control your comfort level. These medications could make you sleepy. However, during the summer, you may rest comfortably with or without medications, since your schedule may allow this better flexibility before getting back to your work or school schedule.
More Time to Recover
Healing from oral surgery requires some time. Generally, you are recommended to take a few days off from school or work to rest and recover after your wisdom teeth extraction.
One of the requirements to follow post-surgery is a diet that includes soft foods which are more easily prepared at home. Since you will be at home, it will be easier to follow this diet and pave the way for a speedier recovery.
Perfect Time for Teens
Most patients who undergo wisdom teeth extraction are teenagers or young adults. The recovery phase of the surgery may cause bruising, swelling, and pain. With no or limited school and other extracurricular obligations, summer can be the ideal time for teenagers to get these teeth removed and recover.
Choose Smile Arizona Dentistry for Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Don’t ignore your dental needs. Please ask any questions about your care if you are uncertain about the recommendations that have been given to you. If conditions like wisdom tooth pain and infection are not treated on time, they can become severe and can impact your overall oral health. We are able to comfortably remove your wisdom teeth with or without sedation here in our office. Typically, when a patient has four wisdom teeth to be removed, it is best handled with sedation. The patient will be very comfortable and also have no memory of the experience.
We have implemented all the appropriate safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our offices. See below for how we provide these measures.
- Providing personal protective equipment to our staff, dentists, and dental assistants.
- Washing hands for at least 20 seconds before and after each dental appointment or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or a 1% hydrogen peroxide solution.
- Taking patients’ temperature readings before the treatment and screening them for any signs of infection if required.
- Rescheduling the appointments of patients who have a cough, respiratory problem, flu-like symptoms, or recently traveled outside of the country.
- Regularly cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting the frequently touched surfaces and objects.
- Autoclaving handpieces and all dental instruments.
- Evacuating for dental procedures and treatments that produce aerosol.
- Asking our staff to stay at home when they are sick.
- Increasing the intervals between appointments to avoid the unnecessary crowd at our office.
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