Careful analyses of published research
show that routine removal of impacted or unerupted,
disease-free third molars cannot be justified.
(SOURCE: Journal Oral Maxillofacial Surgery--1999)
Recommending the removal of all wisdom teeth routinely
is now controversial and no longer a generally accepted
standard. Complications can occur with extractions,
so the benefits of removing wisdom teeth must outweigh
the risks. One of the major reasons that all wisdom
teeth were removed so often in the past was because
of a misconception. It was once thought that if wisdom
teeth were not removed they would cause teeth to shift
as they grew in. Time and experience has taught us this
is not so. There are millions of adults whose teeth
became crooked even after the wisdom teeth were removed.
There are many reasons to remove wisdom
teeth--infection, food trap and disease. Be sure to
know your options and discuss them with your doctors.