One of the most common questions that I get from patients about wisdom teeth is whether they should have them removed or leave them?
Wisdom teeth removal is a serious matter. You really have to understand the process that leads to teeth extractions.
The simplest answer that I usually give them is if it’s not hurting and functioning properly you can let them be. However the answer is a lot more complicated and depends on several different factors.
You see, wisdom teeth start erupting around age 18 and they usually don’t finish erupting until age 28. So if you are 21 and have no symptoms on your wisdom teeth it does not mean that you are off the hook. There is still several years left before you can be sure that the growth process has ended. Even then there are many cases where patients start feeling the pain in their thirty’s and even forty’s and no one can really know for sure that wisdom teeth will not become problematic in the future.
The other factor that determines if it’s right to have them taken out or not it’s the presence of the opposing tooth. For example if the lower left wisdom tooth #17 is missing and upper left wisdom tooth #16 is still there. I strongly recommend having #16 taken out for two clear reasons. First that tooth is not functional, meaning that it plays no role in the patient’s mouth in terms of chewing and second the lack of the lower tooth will cause the tooth to over erupt and create problems for the bite in the future.
Therefore, holding on to a tooth as such is mostly a liability.
Why would you hold on to a tooth playing no role in your oral cavity and possible risk having periodontal problems in that area?
It just does not add up. The reality is most people are scared to do so and no matter how painless or easy the procedure might be the fear of having a tooth extracted just does not enable them to make the right decision.
The other factor that plays a very important role in having wisdom teeth pulled is the possibility of having overcrowding of the front teeth. Due to lack adequate space wisdom teeth can push against the front teeth and cause overcrowding of the front teeth. Usually orthodontists order the wisdom teeth to be extracted before any orthodontic procedure. Failure to do so will not only lengthen the orthodontic procedure but could also cause a relapse of the teeth after the completion of orthodontic treatment.
Many people come to our office when they’re suffering from some type of discomfort. They usually find us when they look online for dental extractions or wisdom teeth removal dentist in Glendale, Burbank, & La Canada. We offer low cost teeth extractions and we help you alleviate any wisdom tooth pain instantly. Give us a call, you won’t be disappointed.
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