Some people may need to have their wisdom teeth removed – however just as many do not need to go through the unpleasant procedure of teeth removal – even if they have impacted wisdom teeth. It is therefore important to educate yourself about the process. This article is of a personal nature and is not written by a dental expert but it is hoped the information presented will help to educate people about the myths surrounding wisdom teeth and their removal, possible reasons for that removal and any risks associated with actually keeping the wisdom teeth and maintaining their healthy.
Some published research does show that there is really no scientific evidence to support either keeping or extracting wisdom teeth that have become impacted from adults or teens. Indeed it may even be said that unnecessary, so-called preventative teeth removal may be hazardous to one’s health. Indeed the British National Health Service follows the guidelines set down by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) which states ‘The practice of prophylactic removal of pathology-free impacted third molars should be discontinued. . . . There is no reliable evidence to support a health benefit to patients from the prophylactic removal of pathology free impacted teeth.’
So too The American Public Health Association "Recommends that public education about the removal of wisdom teeth....should be based on evidence of diagnosed pathology or demonstrable need." and further states (it) ‘Opposes prophylactic removal of third molars, which subjects individuals and society to unnecessary costs, avoidable morbidity, and the risks of permanent injury’.
There does seem to be rising number of people who having previously been as fit and healthy as the proverbial fiddle then go through removal of teethand then suffer some kind of side-effect – for example a continuous, pounding headache.
When considering the removal of any teeth, patients should make themselves fully aware of all the many issues surrounding the procedure and after-care. Some may need to have a wisdom tooth removal procedure simply to avoid the complications which can and do occur later on in life. However it should be noted that any surgery is risky and that to remove teeth can lead to lasting pain and suffering. It is easy to forget that the maintenance of good dental health in order to avoid the possibility of teeth removal is just as important as maintaining good general health.
As with all medical procedures it is important to get the advice of trained medical practitioners when considering teeth removal and to make one aware of the possible complications always remembering that millions of people go through the process of teeth removal with no difficulty at all.
Swelling, pain, some bleeding are probably the most obvious and common results of teeth removal and may not necessarily be seen as a complication. However if these things continue for a protracted length of time it may be necessary to return to your medical practitioner. Another side effect of this procedure may be the necessity to take time off from work or school – therefore if you are planning a procedure you may want to ensure you will not be missing any important meetings or tests!! Some patients have experienced difficulty in opening their mouths and/or some nerve damage resulting in a tingling sensation in the mouth or face. As with any surgery there is the danger of infection after teeth removal – steps should be taken to avoid this and to ensure that the patient is not allergic to any of the medications involved in the whole procedure. In extreme cases there have been reports of patients experiencing a broken jaw – but this is very rare and generally speaking a tooth removal procedure should be worry free, however it is always advisable to thoroughly educate oneself about the procedure and to discuss any concerns with your medical practitioner.
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