In the United States, around 5 million people undergo preventative wisdom teeth removal each year. But, what you didn’t know is that two-thirds of those teeth removals are completely unnecessary.
We have all been there even I have been there, wisdom teeth cause a lot of discomfort, pain, and swelling. But, they can also cause serious complications. Did you know that almost every single oral and maxillofacial surgeons advocate the extraction of healthy wisdom teeth because sometimes they can cause serious complications?
Why are they removed?
Sometimes the third molars do not have enough room to properly grow, and can cause problems. Erupting wisdom teeth can grow at various angles in the jaw, sometimes even horizontally. Sometimes wisdom teeth only partially emerge through the gums. Other times, they remain completely hidden.
But, there is almost no evidence to support this claim. In fact, far more complications result from the actual surgery itself.
Why to Keep Them
Most of the time, they should not be classified as impactions. Wisdom teeth do, in fact, have a function in the body, or they would not be there.
Only about 12% of impacted wisdom teeth are connected with conditions such as cysts and damage to the adjacent teeth. Infections, treatable with antibiotics, oil pulling and oral rinsing, occur in fewer than 10% of all wisdom teeth.
The Side Effects
Wisdom teeth removals can come along with a lot more symptoms than pain and swelling. They can cause serious complication including permanent paresthesia, broken jaw, and fractured teeth. Some complications can have long-term consequences, and many patients are informed of these, and choose to go along with the surgery otherwise without thinking, myself included, but if I had it to do over with I would not have had the surgery.
Do not be persuaded into the rushed removal of the wisdom teeth, seek second opinions, get informed, and remember that most wisdom teeth can be left how they are.