Should everyone have their wisdom teeth extracted?
It used to be common practice for dentists to recommend that wisdom teeth be removed in patients’ teenage years. But because of the inherent risks that come along with surgery, wisdom teeth removal is not as commonly done as a preventative procedure as it used to be.
While it is true that a small percent of the people who do not have their wisdom teeth removed encounter some kind of issue with them in the future, it is not necessary for everyone to have their wisdom teeth removed as a preventative measure.
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last teeth in the back of your mouth. They can be challenging to keep clean and may create problems if your teeth are too crowded or if they grown in at an odd angle, become impacted, or acquire a large amount of decay.
Before you rush to judgment regarding your wisdom teeth, make sure you have a compelling reason to have them removed. Dr. Sean Drower will be able to tell you if he sees a good reason to undergo surgery. Wisdom tooth extraction is only necessary when your teeth are partially or fully impacted and cause you discomfort or increase your risk for infection. Dr. Drower will examine the condition of your wisdom teeth and make a recommendation based on the condition of your teeth and gums and any symptoms you may be experiencing.