We hate to recommend extraction, but when it comes to wisdom teeth, we rarely have a choice!
Every time we write on the topic of removal of wisdom teeth, we get a huge response from readers who suspect that they may be suffering from this problem – and want to know more about their options.
They believe that dental science will have come up with a solution that DOESN’T involve extraction, and look to us with hope and anticipation.
Sadly, we cannot give them much by way of good news. But this is not down to any deficiency on the part of our discipline, but rather, it's because of the evolution of the human body.
Our wisdom teeth are actually a third set of molars that would have been useful many thousands of years ago for chomping on hard substances like roots. But as our diet has become much more dependent on refined foods, our facial structure has actually responded to this stimulus.
Compared to our forebears, our jaws are now narrower, which means that there’s simply less room for teeth to break through, and a drastic increase in incidences of impacted wisdom teeth – this is where the emerging tooth is trapped in the gums.
Obviously, this leads to pain. And the pain will only become more acute as the roots of the wisdom teeth grow deeper and deeper. They’ll actually grow for around two years after you first experience pangs of pain. So the longer you leave the problem untreated, the bigger a problem it becomes to extract them.
But there are other dangers associated with wisdom teeth other than simply pain. It's estimated, for example, that around a quarter of wisdom teeth are affected by periodontal disease. And some wisdom teeth can be a home to harmful bacteria which can actually cause inflammation on other parts of the body.
Another problem associated with wisdom teeth is dental caries. This is because it's practically impossible to brush in and around teeth that are overcrowded and congested. And if problems are left to escalate, you can end up with an infected wisdom tooth, which brings with it a whole world of pain.
Because of all these factors, the sad fact of the matter is that for the vast majority of people, extraction is the only real option once you get those first tell-tale signs that a third set of molars is on its way.
Thankfully, this is not a majorly expensive procedure, and the typical wisdom teeth removal cost is well within the price range of most people.
And remember that wisdom teeth extraction cost is a once-off cost. Nobody gets a fourth set of molars, so you can relax as soon as your ‘visitors’ have been removed.
If you think you may be experiencing the early symptoms of this very common problem, we urge you to drop into us as quickly as possible. A simple X-Ray will let us see what's happening under the surface – and let us make a plan for sorting the problem for you.
And in the meantime, if you'd like to read more about this issue, here’s an article that should fill in some of the gaps in your knowledge - http://www.medicinenet.com/wisdom_teeth/page2.htm