The average person has 32 teeth. The last four to erupt are known as the wisdom teeth (third molars). They get their name because they often erupt in your late teens to early twenties. Most people encounter issues with their wisdom teeth and wind up having them removed.
There are some people who undergo the removal procedure as a precaution, even when no issues are present. If you are one of those people considering surgery despite not having any problems with your wisdom teeth, you may want to think again before having them pulled.
Like any other medical procedure, it costs money to have your wisdom teeth pulled. Insurance will often cover at least part (if not all) of the surgery if it’s deemed necessary. However, if it is not necessary, insurance may not cover all of the procedure, and then you get stuck with an unnecessary medical bill. Why spend the money if you don’t have to?
Having your wisdom teeth extracted requires surgery. And with surgery, there come side effects and complications. You may wind up facing:
- Pain and swelling.
- Dry socket.
- Fractures to the jaw.
- Sinus exposure/infection.
- Complications with anesthesia.
Keeping your wisdom teeth in saves you from suffering any of these issues.
After surgery, you will require downtime in order to properly heal. This can put you out of your normal routine for days. You can’t exercise, or exert yourself in any manner. You need to avoid eating certain foods for a while.
Even though the healing time is not that long, if it’s not necessary, why put yourself through it? Plus, if you’re a smoker, you are going to need to give up the habit, at least for a while during the healing process in order to avoid further issues.
If your wisdom teeth are not causing you any issues, removing them may not be necessary. The best way to determine whether or not they should come out is to contact our office and have a thorough examination.