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5 Myths About Wisdom Tooth Removal

It’s often said that an Oshawa dentist earns more through wisdom teeth extractions because nearly 85 percent of people who get wisdom teeth need an extraction. However, certain myths exist about wisdom tooth removal and which scare most of us who suffer from the condition.

Some navies (US Navy, for example) around the world target wisdom teeth automatically. It does not matter how amazing they are and if they are not causing anyone any issues. They will be pulled.

For instance, most of us firmly believe that we’ll get wisdom teeth. Even though a wisdom tooth usually grows between the ages of 17 to 25 years, some people never actually get them (some people never had to see Star Wars The Force Awakens or Thor III so good for them but this is another topic!). Statistics show that most of have two pairs of wisdom teeth, while some have only one or two.

The following five are the most common myths surrounding wisdom tooth removal

1. Not every dentist can handle a wisdom tooth

Recent advancements in maxilla-facial surgery and dentistry have made it compulsory for any dentist to know about wisdom teeth treatments, either medically or surgically. Moreover, these procedures are cheap as against the common belief that wisdom tooth treatment is expensive.

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2. A wisdom tooth is always problematic and compulsorily needs extraction

This again is one of the most popular myths about wisdom teeth. However, statistics show that only 12% of wisdom teeth cause an acute situation with excruciating pain, gum swelling, bad breath, and difficulty in chewing that ultimately needs an extraction by a qualified dentist. The rest can be tackled with antibiotics or even plain root canal treatment and other minimally invasive procedures.

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3. An erupting wisdom tooth crowds anterior teeth

This again has been proved a myth by multiple studies. Ask any dentist and they will inform you that it’s not physically possible for a wisdom tooth to crowd teeth that have firm vertical roots because it doesn’t simply have the strength to do so.

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4. Wisdom teeth need extraction at the earliest stage

Most of us believe that wisdom teeth need extraction before their roots are fully formed to eliminate any chances of pain and/or infection. This again is a myth, according to many a dentist or oral surgeon because they believe that early and forcible wisdom teeth extraction is usually more traumatic for the patient because it means unnecessary intervention in the oral zone. Rather, they prefer the wait-and-watch approach, leaving all asymptomatic wisdom teeth alone and extracting them only if and when problems arise in the future. This is just prudent.

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5. Risks and problems related to wisdom teeth increase with age

There’s simply no evidence to support this claim. In fact, complications like secondary infections, pain, dry socket or alveolar osteitis, trismus or lockjaw, swelling, (dry socket), oral hemorrhage and periodontal damage that are so common to wisdom teeth extraction, happen less in aged patients than in the younger ones.

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Many people are also prone to believe that you may smoke and/or drink after a wisdom tooth extraction. Ask any dentist and they will tell you that this is absolutely not true.

Both smoking and drinking curb the speed of healing and increase the risks of further infection. That’s why your dentist will even put it in writing that you avoid drinking and smoking as you heal. Though many people believe those habits should always be avoided but this is another topic.

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