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May 19, 2018

Dear Holistic Dentist, Should I Get My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Filed under: Uncategorized — wlangston @ 6:00 pm

tooth in pliersIn our society, the removal of wisdom teeth (the third molars at the back of the mouth) has become something of a rite of passage. In fact, dentists across the United States remove millions of wisdom teeth from patients’ mouths every year. Should you hop on the bandwagon and have your third molars removed? Your holistic dentist serving Dallas is here talk about some important factors you need to consider before you decide whether to undergo this oral surgery.

The Potential Dangers of Wisdom Teeth

There are some cases where wisdom teeth removal is necessary to protect your oral health. This is true when they are impacted (that is, they don’t erupt fully from the gum line) and start to cause problems. Impacted wisdom teeth may:

  • Push against the teeth next to them, leading to crowding and misalignment, and increasing the risk of infection.
  • Be more difficult to clean than other teeth. Therefore, they are at a higher risk of developing cavities. Gum inflammation is also more likely to develop in that area.

These problems might sound frightening, but it is good to keep in mind that not all impacted wisdom teeth cause problems. However, if you notice any unusual pain in the area around your third molars, it’s best to head to your dentist as soon as possible so they can diagnose the problem and recommend a treatment.

Wisdom Teeth Extraction Should Have a Good Reason

Many dental professionals recommend wisdom teeth extraction as a purely preemptive measure; they want to take the molars out well before there are any indications of problems with them. Your holistic dentist, on the other hand, is unlikely to suggest wisdom teeth removal unless it is clearly necessary. This is because:

  • The extraction procedure is a surgery, and although it is generally safe, there is a small risk of complications.
  • You may have to take several days off work in order to recover.
  • The surgery can cost a significant amount of money.

You may worry that by delaying wisdom teeth removal, you are putting your oral health at risk. However, several studies have shown that the majority of wisdom teeth removal procedures are unnecessary.

Help for Making Your Decision

Whether to have your wisdom teeth removed isn’t a decision to take lightly. If your third molars aren’t causing you any problems at the moment, but a dentist recommends that you have them removed, it won’t hurt to get a second opinion. Be sure to ask your dentist to clearly explain the reasons why they do or do not suggest that you get the teeth removed; also be sure to ask about the risks associated with whichever course you may choose.

Is it time to get your wisdom teeth removed? Consult an expert and do your research so you can make a fully informed decision.

About the Dentist

Dr. William Langston is your holistic dentist serving Dallas. He is committed to promoting the oral and overall health of his patients. If you have questions about wisdom teeth, he would be happy to talk with you. Please contact our office at 972-270-6533.

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