Is a wisdom tooth extraction always absolutely necessary? Why fix what’s not broke if it’s not bothersome? Many may ask these questions when sitting in the exam chair at the dentist office for just a routine checkup with no complaints of pain, not even from the wisdom tooth that popped through the gum some time before. Yet, it is suggested that wisdom tooth extraction be performed through one of the oral surgery procedures before complications do arise, leaving you with the decision of whether to move forward with oral surgery before wisdom teeth pain or wisdom teeth swelling occur. Before a decision is made, consider the pros and cons of wisdom tooth extraction.
1. Food and bacteria will hover around the wisdom teeth and surrounding teeth as well. Since it is difficult to remove the debris from the area, it would be only a matter of time before tooth decay symptoms begin.
2. Sometime wisdom teeth are only partially erupted leaving the surrounding gums a collection pocket for bacteria and food particles, a perfect foundation to initiate a gum infection which can easily spread to the cheek and even the neck.
3. An eruption of a wisdom tooth will shift other teeth. The perfect orthodontic prepared smile will suddenly seem to have been a waste of time and money when teeth become crooked because of wisdom teeth.
4. The wisdom tooth can become abscessed or an infectious cyst may form around the wisdom tooth, especially since hygiene in the area is more difficult.
5. For individuals needing dentures at some point, wisdom teeth should first be removed.
1. Wisdom tooth extraction is not a chosen method of treatment while presently suffering from an infection. The surgical process can leave room for infection to further spread elsewhere. Wisdom tooth extraction should be done after all infection subsides.
2. When post-op instructions are not properly followed, post surgical problems like bleeding, swelling, and additional pain will be experienced by the patient.
3. After the wisdom tooth extraction, a dry socket condition may appear which is a blood clot formed in the area of extraction, only to dislodged and expose the vulnerable bone lying below. This painful condition would most likely occur from not following post-op instructions.