To Extract or Not to Extract?

Most of you already know, either from personal experience or from a person close to you, that wisdom teeth can cause a series of problems coming out.

Most of you already know, either from personal experience or from a person close to you, that wisdom teeth can cause a series of problems coming out. It is normal to deal with some pain and mild discomfort, but there are many cases where the pain is intolerable.

It can be due to an infection or a completely wrong “path” that this complicated tooth is following in order to get out to the surface.

If wisdom teeth give you a hard time in terms of pain and uneasiness, it is recommended to visit a dentist and take some important decisions.

Do wisdom teeth have any importance existing in our mouths?

The natural symmetry of teeth in our mouth includes third molars. But as compared to the rest, these wisdom teeth may only play a minimal or no part in chewing food. In many cases though, they are removed for being vestigial and rather troublesome.

It is not ry often though that these teeth appear and function in a natural way. Most of the time, they become so painful that no other option remains except their removal.

To extract?

The problem and discomfort in the mouth begin when the upper and lower wisdom teeth come out in a slanting or tilted manner. However, it is not necessary that all four molars follow the same path. When they are uneven or pointed they disturb and press the other teeth in the mouth and thus cause uneasiness.

If they persistently produce pain, their extraction is inevitable. And according to dentists sooner is better.

Or not to extract?

According to dentists, keeping unaligned teeth unnecessarily in one’s mouth isn’t a wise approach because doing so affects oral health. These problematic teeth give rise to other dental issues making things more complicated. Dentists suggest that extraction in young or early years is better because at that time the roots of wisdom teeth aren’t fully developed and hence they are removed easily. When it is done at a later stage, it accompanies more pain and healing takes much longer time.

When the impacted wisdom teeth find no place in the mouth, they begin to damage the neighboring teeth. This leads to bacterial infections and several gum diseases. If worse comes to worst, the oral bacteria can get into the bloodstream and thus can affect organs like the heart and kidneys.

A patient may develop another complication in his/her mouth when he doesn’t remove the impacted tooth. This impediment appears in the form of a cyst filled with detrimental fluids which not only harm teeth but the jaws and nerves as well.

The surgical procedure is a simple one. You are allowed to go home immediately after the extraction. Future dental complications are prevented best by wisdom teeth removal. And bare in mind that the extraction risks are minimal compared to what can happen if you do not extract it.

Athina Tsiorva

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