August 24, 2007

Wisdom Tooth Extraction - Part II

Advantages of not having a wisdom tooth pulled

Keeping wisdom teeth allows reaching the plentycapacity of growth and development of teeth and jaw. A wisdom tooth also can, under appropriate conditions, be transplanted to the position of a premature loss of another tooth elsewhere in the jaw.

You don't exposed yourself to the risk of a wisdom tooth surgery.

The risks and the advantages of a wisdom tooth removal must be examined.

Risks of a wisdom tooth removal

Complications of smaller importance as dental nerve damage, infection, alveolitis, trismus (difficulty to open the mouth), hemorrhage, fractures, periodontal injury, and damage ofthe adjacent tooth.

Alveolitis is the
commonest complication that particularly happens to women and in the range of 25 years. Also it is seen more often in the patients who had dental indication for wisdom tooth extraction that in those who they did it by own election.

This happens in a 5% of te patients without concerning the ability or the surgical method of the chosen dentist. The damage of the nerves is rare, but it can imply paresthesia (persistent numbness) of the lip or the tongue.

Greater complications include dysesthesia (a sensation of a needle prick or something that crawls in the skin) and infections. Most of the injuries of the nerve they are cured after certain period, but some permanent injuries happen. Any damage that lasts beyond six months is probable to be permanent.

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August 19, 2007

Wisdom Tooth Extraction - Part I

A widom tooth extraction is the most common procedure dentists do. Since there is no exact way to predict what wisdom tooth will cause problems and which not, dentists are subjective when it comes to make a decision and say that, even though they do not cause to pain, they must be removed.

Since dentists are divided on this question, here we set some standards to youon the risks that exist in each one of the two options: extracting it or to leaving it if there is not wisdom tooth symptom.

Which are the risks of not removing wisdom teeth?

  • One of the most common reasons is when the affected wisdom tooth pushes other teeth. Some dentists say that this can happen, but that that does not justify to clear them if they do not bother.
  • An impacted wisdom tooth can cause to damage to the tooth or molar that is opposed to it. This is a fact, but it only occurs to a 2% of the world's population.
  • Periodontal disease around the wisdom tooth. This is possible, but in young adults less of 1% have these problems. The problem must to the deficiency of good dental hygiene.
  • Pericornitis: A wisdom tooth infection that produces the formation of abscesses, is seen more commonly in wisdom teeth. This is a reason for wisdom tooth removal.
  • The development of mouth cysts and tumors is often mentioned, but this is very rare. The cysts often are confused with other normal characteristics in the x-rays. The tumors are in less of a percent of wisdom teeth.

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