Reasons for Removing Third Molars
Q: What is the problem with inaccessible wisdom teeth?
A. Decay, periodontal disease, and abscess formation result from the inability to access wisdom teeth for cleaning. Because third molars are difficult (or impossible) to reach, bacteria flourish and cause inflammation. The immune system's battle against the influx of bacteria results in bone loss and, consequently, more room for bacterial growth.
Q: What are the advantages of "timely treatment?"
A. Wisdom teeth usually erupt in the late teens or early twenties. Here are some reasons for removing them before pain, swelling, infection and other problems begin:
1. The appointment can be scheduled at a convenient time that doesn't interfere with school or work.
2. Early removal generally results in faster and easier recovery.
3. As people age, the incidence of complications may increase, especially when there are other medical issues.
4. Most oral surgeons feel that the ideal time for removal exists when between 1/2 and 2/3 of the root has developed. Removal is less complicated and the roots will not be close to a nerve trunk of near the sinuses.
Q: What is the connection between cardiovascular and heart disease with chronic infection?
A. Abundant research has shown a direct link between long-term inflammation with increased accumulation of cholesterol plaque deposits in blood vessels.
Q: Do All Wisdom teeth need to be removed?
A. No. Wisdom teeth that are not causing problems, and are not likely to be a future problem, can and should be retained. Nevertheless, most people are well-served having their third molars removed.
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