Safety First

Pulling Wisdom Teeth

Is it Wise?

A fair amount of patients tell me their wisdom teeth, aka third molars, don’t bother them. Unfortunately, like other dental diseases, the symptoms indicative of needing an extracted can be silent until it really turns into a problem.

Removing wisdom teeth as soon as they have been diagnosed as a problem will save you a lot of unnecessary dental visits and aggravation. It’s understandable not wanting to part with your teeth, but by removing them you will preserve the health of surrounding teeth and tissue, it’s worth it.

Keep your wisdom teeth only if:

  • They grow in fully erupted
  • They are easy to clean and access
  • There is plenty of room
  • Other teeth aren’t affected by their eruption

Consider ditching your wisdom teeth if:

  • They are growing in the wrong direction
  • The gums easily get infected
  • They are partially erupted
  • Only one or two have erupted
  • They cause pain
  • They compromise the health of neighboring teeth
  • They have no occluding tooth below or above

If your dental professional is letting you know your wisdom teeth need to be extracted, it’s better to do it sooner than later. I also suggest getting ALL the wisdom teeth done at one visit if possible, this will make your life easier. Not only can the situation become more complicated over time but healing is faster and easier the younger we are. Be proactive before pain and grief lead you to the same conclusion.

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