Should I have my wisdom teeth extracted?
September 3, 2013 8:30 PM Subscribe
All of my wisdom teeth are impacted. I only have one that's even slightly erupted, but the rest never erupted at all. My old dentist used to recommend having them pulled, and now my new dentist also recommended extraction after I had problems with my slightly erupted wisdom tooth, i.e. gum swelling and pain due to a food particle getting stuck in the gums.
posted by hazel79 to health & fitness (31 answers total)
The dentist recommended an oral surgeon who recommended that I have all 4 pulled just in case I have future problems. The problem is that I'm 34 and nervous about complications now from the extractions; I've read that risks go up after the early 20s. Aside from the usual complications such as dry socket, I have the risk of nerve injury due to the position of my lower wisdom teeth relative to the nerve. He doesn't think it's likely, but he warned of it. The upper teeth extractions carry the risk of perforating the sinuses, which is also not likely, but doesn't sound pleasant. Then there's the cost. Even with insurance, it's a hefty price tag. I'm having a hard time deciding whether or not I should go ahead with getting them yanked, getting only the wisdom tooth that actually bothers me occasionally pulled, or doing nothing.