Removal of wisdom teeth, the third set of molars, has been controversial for many decades. The third molars are an extra set of molars that typically come in – if at all – later in life than when adult teeth typically come in. As children age into their teen years and beyond, the wisdom teeth or third molars may start to erupt through the gums. Today, Parkcrest Dental looks at 5 common myths about wisdom teeth removal and offers some professional insight into each.
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5 Myths About Wisdom Teeth Removal
One of the most common myths about wisdom teeth removal is that they all must be removed, regardless of their position or condition in the mouth. In reality, dental experts estimate that only about 12% of wisdom teeth create problems for the patient and need to be removed. If the wisdom teeth are pushing against the neighboring teeth or are covered with a flap of gum, then they need to be removed.
The second common myth about wisdom teeth is that removal earlier in life is better. While teens and younger adults’ have better immune systems, research shows that the incidence of secondary infection, paresthesia (nerve damage) and dry socket (when the healing blood clot breaks and falls away) is higher among the 12 to 24 year old age group than older patients.
Another common myth about wisdom teeth removal is that leaving wisdom teeth intact can cause enough pressure to move the neighboring teeth, ultimately resulting in bite issues and “smile” issues – causing the front teeth to move. Again, the research shows that this not a common occurrence and if wisdom teeth are healthy and have erupted without issue, removal may not be necessary.
Wisdom teeth removal is not without some risk to the patient. While most extractions are performed professionally and without problems, nevertheless, as with all surgeries, there is some risk to the patient. It is important that your dentist or oral surgeon has a complete medical history from you, when evaluating the need for wisdom tooth extraction.
Lastly, the myth that wisdom teeth issues increase with age is completely unsupported by research. Studies have shown that younger people typically have more problems with their wisdom teeth than older people.
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Parkhurst Dental Group
Looking for a dentist, orthodontist or pediatric dentist in the Springfield, Missouri area? Look no farther than Parkhurst Dental Group. Our group of professional dentists and dental specialists is ready to help you keep your smile healthy and bright. Contact our office today to make your appointment for wisdom teeth removal.