Having wisdom teeth removed isn’t something that anyone looks forward to, but it’s often a necessity to prevent future dental health problems. If you’re like most people, you may have been putting off having yours extracted. To make the procedure less stressful, there is a certain time of year when it’s best to have it done – the summer. Continue reading to find out why wisdom teeth have to be pulled and discover why the warmer months work best.
Why are Wisdom Teeth Pulled?
Just to clarify, the terms ‘pull’ and ‘extract’ are interchangeable, as they both refer to removing a tooth. When it comes to the wisdom teeth (also referred to as the third molars), an extraction is required when they become impacted (partially trapped beneath the gum tissue), or a partial emergence is causing crowding. Both issues can result in sharp pain.
Why Summer is the Best Time for an Extraction
If you’re ready to have a tooth extracted, here are some of the benefits of having it done in the summer:
More Recovery Time
If you have some vacation time planned for the summer, you can use a portion of it to have a wisdom tooth pulled and allow for adequate healing. In fact, you can possibly recover faster without the mental stress associated with missing work and deadlines.
Because many people head out for family trips during the summer, you’ll likely have more scheduling options available. You could very well have your extraction set-up for the exact date and time that works best for you.
Manageable Post-Surgery Regimen
After an extraction, you’ll need to follow a special diet for a few days. If you have time off in the summer, it’s much easier to stock up on the soft foods and cool beverages that the dentist will recommend and take any pain medications as necessary.
Healing Inducing Weather
The summer months are known for sunny days that encourage people to get out the house and enjoy the outdoors. Sitting outside and getting fresh air has been proven to aid in healing and recovering from wisdom tooth removal.
Seize the Moment
If you’ve been on the fence about having your wisdom tooth extracted, now is the perfect time to take action. It starts by simply reaching out to a local dentist to schedule a visit. Once your tooth is pulled, you can get back to leading a normal and painless life!
About the Author
Dr. Robert Young is a graduate of the New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry. Throughout his career, he has been a veracious learner, completing several hours of continuing education, as well as teaching residents. A Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, Dr. Young offers an array of services, which includes performing tooth extractions at Young Dentistry. He can be reached for more information or to schedule a visit through his website.