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Wisdom Teeth for Back to School

Wisdom Teeth for Back to School

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Before you know it, it will be time to prepare your kids to return to school! Shopping for school supplies may be the first thing you think of concerning back-to-school prep. However, getting on top of your oral healthcare needs is essential while there is free time in the summer. We recommend you go beyond your regular hygiene appointments and schedule any pending wisdom teeth removal surgeries you or your family members may have! Getting wisdom teeth removal over with during summer will ensure no school is missed due to recovery time in the fall.

Wisdom teeth usually erupt between a patient’s teen years and early twenties. Occasionally, a person will not need to have their wisdom teeth removed because their mouth shape and size can accommodate them. More commonly, however, the eruption of wisdom teeth can cause oral health problems, so they must be removed. If removal is put off, an increased risk for tooth decay and disease may develop.

So why should you book your wisdom teeth removal consultation now?

If you wait until fall, your child may have to miss some school due to recovery time. We want to help you avoid this! Total healing from wisdom teeth removal surgery generally takes about ten days, but you will need to plan to rest and watch what you eat for nearly half of that time. This potentially translates into a whole week of school being missed. Rushing the healing process is never a good idea, so getting started during the summer will ensure all the time your child needs!

If complications are developed from surgery, a longer healing time may be needed. While rare, these complications are possible. The most well-known is “dry socket,” which means that the blood clot that is supposed to form over the empty tooth socket isn’t there. Dry sockets can easily be avoided if healing is taken seriously, so lots of rest time after surgery is beneficial!

If you are traveling this summer and unable to get your child in for a consultation or are worried you may not have time for a full recovery, don’t worry! Dr. Hooper can work with your schedule and devise an ideal treatment plan. If you need to wait until the school year to book the surgery, we recommend doing it over a long holiday or waiting until winter break. This will guarantee extended healing time and less stress.

Are you interested in scheduling a wisdom teeth removal consultation or learning more? Give Flower Mound Dental a call at (972) 691-8337. We would be happy to assist you!