Consumers hear a lot of conflicting information about wisdom teeth. Some people tell you that they can remain in place forever while others say that it is always best to have them taken out. There are many opinions and theories, but there are also some very clear answers too.
For example, there is always a need for impacted wisdom teeth removal. These are different from the “erupted” wisdom teeth that you can easily see if you look inside of your mouth. Impacted teeth are those that have descended from the jaw bone, but which cannot make it through the gum because they are pointed at the wrong angle. This angle is usually directly against the last molar.
When this happens, it will immediately cause crowding among the other teeth, which can knock them out of alignment and upset the natural bite, but it can also damage the erupted molar and the impacted tooth. This is because tremendous pressures are exerted by the body to get that tooth out, and this can cause the teeth to rub strongly against one another. Dental experts strongly recommend impacted wisdom tooh removal because they will usually lead to disease or death of the adjacent teeth and because they can cause gum disease, decay, and damage.
The thing that makes so many people hesitate to deal with impacted wisdom teeth removal is that it becomes a surgical matter. The tooth is not erupted, meaning it is hidden beneath the fleshy gum tissue. Rather than just being able to pull the tooth, the oral surgeon has to make a small incision to remove it. This, however, is a tiny matter and many patients actually leave their treatment without any need for stitches.
Others worry that impacted wisdom teeth removal is going to have a much higher price tag. That is a valid concern, but it is reasonable to do a “cost comparison”. The few hundred dollars that it may require to remove an impacted tooth is far, far less than the enormous sums that can be required to perform treatments for gum disease, root canals, crowns, fillings, and other procedures that are meant to counteract the damage done by an impacted tooth left to its own devices.
Rather than allowing a wisdom tooth to cause discomfort, make straight teeth crooked, and cause oral damage and disease, speak with your oral surgeon and make plans to tend to any impacted teeth.