The controversy about wisdom teeth removal is very present in the public eye. On the one hand, there are dentists who assert that you may need to have your wisdom teeth removed to protect your teeth from crowding and infection.
On the other hand, there are those who will say that there is a whole industry based on trying to sell people on the “lie” of hazards associated with wisdom teeth. So what’s the truth of the situation?
The truth is that not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth removed, but some people do benefit from removing them. Instead of deciding whether or not to remove wisdom teeth on the basis of Internet articles and studies, it’s best to look at what’s happening in your mouth and make your decision on that basis.
What’s a High-Risk Situation?
There are several factors that might lead us to believe you’re at a high risk for wisdom tooth related complications. We’ll take into account your family history. If your parents had complications related to their wisdom teeth (or had them removed because complications were imminent), it’s more likely that you’ll have complications, too.
If you’re already having difficulty cleaning your back teeth and are experiencing cavities and/or gum disease around your second molars, then your third molars are likely to lead to more difficulties, and it might be better to remove them.
Finally, when we’re looking at the position of your third molars, we can determine the level of risk that they’re not going to emerge fully or crowd and damage neighboring teeth.
If Your Risks Are Low
On the other hand, if you don’t have a family history of complications, aren’t having difficulty cleaning your second molar, and there’s a chance your wisdom teeth will emerge safely, then we might recommend that you take a “wait and see” approach. At each of your checkups, we can evaluate them and recommend removal if problems seem likely.
If you are looking to have your wisdom teeth evaluated in San Diego, please call (619) 299-5925 for an appointment at Strober Dental.