Current Views on Wisdom Teeth Removal

wisdom tooth extractionYou have to feel bad for dental professionals simply because people allow their fear of dental work to also turn into fear of the dental professional. This is so unfortunate because anyone who works as a dentist, hygienist, or oral surgeon has had a tremendous amount of training that ranges from cleaning techniques to wisdom teeth extraction. Thus, they are not likely to cause pain, discomfort, damage, or anything other than a remedy to pain or infection.

This makes it especially challenging for many dental experts who read news stories or articles that tell a patient to consider whether or not they need wisdom tooth extraction, and/or whether it is an advisable procedure.

For example, you can easily find articles on wisdom tooth removal that say that “erupted” teeth may not need extraction if they can be cleaned and are fully emerged. This is, quite plainly, nonsense.  In a recent article by a Colorado dental expert, it was clearly indicated that “studies have shown that fully erupted wisdom teeth are just as prone to disease as impacted teeth.”

Words on Wisdom Teeth Removal

Do only a bit of online research about wisdom teeth extraction and you will see that there is a tremendous amount of relatively conflicting material.

Should you do it?

Should you avoid it?

Are there exceptions to any of the recommended rules or guidelines?

The most basic answer about the wisdom of wisdom tooth extraction is that it takes a professional opinion to tell you whether or not you should have the work done. Every single person has wisdom teeth, and yet they develop and appear in many different ways.

There are many fortunate individuals who have erupted wisdom teeth that line up perfectly with other teeth and do not cause overcrowding.  Whether or not these folks are candidates for wisdom tooth removal is still a matter for their dental expert, and this is because they may still be unable to clean their straight and fully emerged teeth effectively.

Don’t Make the Call on Your Own

Because the removal of wisdom teeth is a major event, a lot of people try to put it off by attempting to convince themselves that they don’t need to explore the issue. Even when they experience unusual pain or swelling in their gums, they may think it will just “pass” and they let it go.

This is all very common and yet a major cause of the kinds of truly problematic issues that are so often associated with wisdom teeth.

So, whether you have a few wisdom teeth emerging through your gums, have started to feel pain at the far back of the mouth, or have noticed inflammation anywhere in the jaw area, you need to give your case over to a qualified dental expert.

These are people who want to bring your pain to an abrupt end and to tackle whatever work must be done. They are the only ones who can tell you whether or not your wisdom teeth need to be removed. Never let any non-expert opinions or suggestions guide your decisions about such a serious matter as wisdom teeth.

Works Cited

Sampath, D. V. (2012, November 7). Get Wise About Your Wisdom Teeth. Retrieved 2012, from Colorado Health:

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