Should I keep or remove my wisdom teeth?
Wisdom tooth extraction is a routine procedure. It's done via surgery, unlike a simple extraction where the tooth is easily accessible. Though, not everyone needs it. In some cases, you can keep your wisdom teeth.
Book an oral examination with one of our dentists in Chilliwack, BC, to see if you need a back molar taken out.
Wisdom teeth were vital for our hunter ancestors because their diet consisted of raw and hard food. As humans evolved and cooking tools evolved with them, there became no need for extreme biting and chewing.
We can soften the food and use utensils to cut it into smaller pieces. According to research, this is one of the reasons why the human jaw became smaller over time.
In general, you need to come in for an oral examination if there's an irregularity or pain in the area. Here are cases that may warrant a removal:
Your dentist may also recommend removing a back molar as a preventative measure and not as a solution to an existing problem.
Even if you have no pain on or around the tooth, your wisdom teeth may be removed to prevent potential risks. Early removal in the late teens or early 20s will also make the process easier since the teeth are still forming.
At Vita Dental Wellness, Dr. Seidlitz,Dr. Anand, and Dr. Atchison perform wisdom tooth extractions under oral sedation. This makes the procedure more comfortable, and many patients comment on how fast and easy it is.
Your dentist may ask you to return to the office if you need sutures removed.
A wisdom tooth extraction usually doesn't have complications. However, be sure to reach out to your dentist if you experience any of the following:
A wisdom tooth extraction can be a huge decision to make. It's important to understand why you need one and what choices you have.
At Vita Dental Wellness, we educate you on oral health to help you make smart decisions. A wisdom tooth extraction may not be for everyone, but if you need it, it helps to do it as soon as possible.
Contact us today to learn more about removing back molars, including the costs involved.