Wisdom teeth, also called the Third Molars, are the furthest back teeth.They usually come in when you are in your late teens or early twenties.
Our teeth are vital, living organs within and connected to the body as a whole. Wisdom teeth are connected (according to acupuncture meridians) to our small intestine and the front of our pituitary gland.
Did you know that 46 percent of the motor and sensory nerves in your brain’s cerebral cortex are interconnected to your mouth and face? Any time a tooth is removed; it disturbs and breaks an acupuncture meridian that flows through the area of that tooth.
There are two ways that your wisdom teeth grow:
1. They grow standing upright like the rest of your teeth or 2. Some become impacted, which means they are blocked from growing properly.
It’s not necessary to remove your wisdom teeth, especially if they are correctly positioned in your mouth and are not causing any pain or dental problems.
Wisdom teeth generally remain below the surface of the gum line and lie in horizontal positions as opposed to upright like they are supposed to. This is typically caused because there is not enough room for them to properly grow.
Wisdom teeth can also collide with the roots of your molars which can be extremely painful and lead to further dental issues. If this is the case with your wisdom teeth, then your dentist will work with you to discuss the removal process.
If you are NOT experiencing any issues with your wisdom teeth and they are not causing pain or impacting the growth of your other teeth, then it is highly suggested you do NOT remove them.
As with any procedure, removing your wisdom teeth has its risks such as:
Dry Socket – this is where a blood clot fails to develop in the tooth sock leaving underlying nerves exposed, which is very painful. Typically, your dentist will rinse out the empty socket, remove any debris and apply medicated dressings to protect the area and decrease pain. The dentist may also prescribe an antibiotic to prevent infection and a painkiller to ease discomfort.
Nerve Injury – temporary or even permanent problems such as pain and numbness. In most cases, the damage is temporary, lasting for a few weeks or months. However, it can be permanent if the nerve has been severely damaged. A nerve injury can interfere with your daily activities, making things such as eating and drinking difficult and painful.
Infection – can cause temperature, yellow or white discharge from the extracted area in addition to causing swelling and pain.
The three risks listed above are the most concerning outcomes of having wisdom tooth removal.
While it is important to have routine dental visits to keep an eye on your wisdom teeth, removing them should only take place if they are causing a problem. The cost and the pain associated with this operation.