Is there any sense in avoiding wisdom teeth removal? After all, the teeth are there and may or may not erupt, so why not just have them taken out? While we agree that it is best to consult with a dental expert about wisdom teeth extraction, we are going to give this matter a few moments of consideration to clarify the best answers to the dilemma of “to remove or not remove”.
The Arguments against Wisdom Teeth Removal
If you take some time to read about the issue of wisdom teeth removal you would see that there are a lot of opinions, and that some are adamantly against extraction. These arguments all use the same theory that there is no evidence that our “third molars” are harmful or need to be removed.
Now, that is true…there are few long term studies that are designed to show the benefits of removal. The reason for this, however, is because the documented consequences of avoiding wisdom teeth extraction prove that ignoring the need for removal is not wise.
Unless you know that your fully erupted wisdom teeth can function; never cause you pain or discomfort; never irritate the flesh of the cheek and gums; remain free of decay or complications; will never push or relocate nearby teeth; and will never have any complications of any kind; you need to consider wisdom tooth extraction.
Thus, everyone with teeth has to recognize that wisdom tooth removal is probably an event in their future.
The Inevitable Conclusion
Here is what we mean: Eruption is the term used to explain the status of those third molars. Wisdom teeth are often hidden up in our jaw and may or may not descend down through the gums. When they do descend, they may still remain hidden in the gum tissue, or they can “erupt” and pop through the skin. This leads to a lot of possible problems because the tooth can now start to decay if not cleaned properly.
Even when the tooth fully erupts and can be reached by a tooth brush, floss, and mouth rinse, it may still not be cleaned because of the awkward location of the tooth itself. At such times it seems that decay is inevitable.
Alternately, the tooth may not erupt and yet still cause trouble because of pushing or crowding the roots of other teeth. This can cause tremendous pressure in the mouth that leads to everything from headaches to newly crooked teeth. It can also irritate the gum tissue enough to lead to inflammation and an abscess.
This makes it clear that almost any wisdom tooth can lead to problems such as gum or periodontal disease and infection. This can cause serious health problems and necessitate that the tooth is removed as quickly as possible.
What all of this tells us is that there are a great many advocates that insist that you can leave those natural wisdom teeth in place. While we agree that nature gave us wisdom teeth for an intended purpose, we are no longer the hunter/gatherer types who need a few spare chewing tools. This means that those once useful teeth can be far more trouble than they are worth, and should be removed as soon as you sense they are causing problems in the mouth.