Maybe I wanted to keep my wisdom (tooth).
June 20, 2012 6:21 PM Subscribe
Why not let my dental nature take its course, regarding my wisdom tooth extraction?
posted by Lt. Bunny Wigglesworth to health & fitness (15 answers total)
I went to the dentist for a toothache - my right lower third molar/wisdom tooth was partially erupting. My dentist decided to make an appointment to take out both my lower wisdom teeth (even though the left was doing fine, well, by me anyway).
She also asked me to book an appointment to get a full crown for my right lower second molar - which is already mostly cavity.
So I'm thinking that, in nature if my second molar became that bad I would eventually lose it at that point, probably (or die from infection, whatevs) and this would allow enough room for my wisdom tooth to come in.
So I'm wondering if there's a reason why my dentist wouldn't do this. *Are* there dentists out there that will do this? Say, "your wisdom tooth is on a good trajectory, but your mouth is crowded - let's take out one of your older and more damaged teeth"? Is it a matter of dentists not wanting to worry *if* the wisdom tooth comes in properly (and now having a patient missing a second molar and having to have the wisdom tooth out anyway)?
Not being a gross anatomy person, I'm asking out of pure curiosity, not trying to find a problem with my doctor or anything - I assume what she did is completely common.