Determining whether or not you should get your wisdom teeth removed can be tricky.
To remove or not to remove? That is the question.
These so-called wisdom teeth often occur during the late teens, when people are approaching the “wisdom” of adulthood. But it is an unfortunate truth that these teeth can be incredibly disruptive to the rest of your teeth and your overall oral health. In some cases, they grow sideways, attempting to find a path to erupt, and this moves the other teeth or causes impaction.
That’s when wisdom teeth can lead to a host of serious problems. Dentists, oral surgeons and all other health professionals agree that wisdom teeth should be removed as soon as possible to take preemptive action.
Medical professionals also agree that the younger the patient, the better the extraction procedure will be. This makes the extraction process easier because the risk of medical complications increases as people get older, and so does the healing time required. So many oral surgeons advise removing wisdom teeth early on just as a preventative measure.
In a few isolated cases, the third molars we able to develop and grow within the confines of the jaw. All four molars emerge in the far back of the mouth, right on schedule, and with plenty of space ensuring the teeth all remain in harmony. In those instances, there was no need to have the M3s (as they are also called) removed and doing so would have caused unneeded pain and expense for the patient.
For this reason, medical professionals do not always see eye to eye on the removal of wisdom teeth as a preventative measure. The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons says, “There is no pat answer.”
True, there may be no pat answer, but the best course of action to combat complications from wisdom teeth is for young people to maintain regular appointments and informative discussions with a qualified dentist. Dentists keep an eye on the developing teeth and use their specialized x-ray imagery to make an assessment on wisdom teeth position and growth.
If the dentist finds it necessary for the patient to seek additional treatment, he or she will refer the patient to an oral surgeon who is an expert in wisdom teeth procedures. Through visiting an oral surgeon, patients know they are receiving specialized care.
When you are considering a course of action for your wisdom teeth, it is worthwhile to extract them before problems develop. This will help you avoid the pain and complications caused by impacted M3s. Determining whether problems will develop for you requires an expert eye, which is why dentists and oral surgeons are here to help.