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Winter Break Wisdom Teeth Extraction

December 7, 2018
A girl looking outside window

Do you have kids that get a long winter break this year? Maybe those kids are in high school or college? Perhaps you, yourself, are a young adult at home from college or on a winter break from work. This free time that extends into January is a great time to check in on your dental health. For most people, the wisdom teeth emerge sometime between the ages of 17 and 22 (the common age for high school and college students at home for winter break). For many people, the wisdom teeth need to be extracted. Talk to the team at Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kanas City, MO to see what needs you can take care of during this winter break. 

Why Extract Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are also known as the third molars because they are the last set of teeth to emerge in your mouth. By the time that third molars begin to emerge, your smile is often set, which leaves little room for the wisdom teeth to erupt. This can cause the wisdom teeth to push into other teeth causing damage or shifting. Wisdom teeth may even stay impacted, which means they do not emerge at all. In some cases, the teeth may become partially impacted where they only emerge from the gums slightly. This can lead to an infection in the flap of gums where the tooth is partially erupted. To avoid some of these problems, your dentist may recommend removing the wisdom teeth. 

Healing and Relaxing

Healing time after a wisdom tooth extraction varies from person to person. It can take a couple of days to a week. Rather than missing class to rest up, use up that free time during winter break. It can be a great time of year to camp out on your parents couch, sipping on eggnog, and watching holiday movies with your family (whether or not you are healing from a wisdom tooth extraction!). 

Have You Checked In on Your Wisdom Teeth?

Winter break can be a good time to catch up on your oral healthcare. To schedule a consultation, call Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-427-4018.