Patients often ask their dentist or oral surgeon if all four of their wisdom teeth need removing, even if they aren’t causing problems.
Even if all four of them are free of infection, or if only one of them is causing trouble, an oral surgeon may recommend removing all of them at once. Continue reading to learn more.
Why Do All Four Wisdom Teeth Need Removing?
Because of their discrete location at the back of the mouth, these teeth are difficult to keep free of food and plaque, trapping harmful bacteria that can contribute to decay, infection, and gum disease. If your wisdom teeth are underneath your gums, they can still cause problems.
Discover the benefits of removing all four molars below.
The Importance of Removing All Four at Once
- Most oral surgeons find it easier to remove wisdom teeth in younger patients because their molars’ roots aren’t fully developed, surrounding bone is softer, and there’s a lower risk of damaging nerves and other structures. Unfortunately, surgical complications are more common in adult patients.
- Removing wisdom teeth in separate appointments is time-consuming, and a patient will need to request more time off from school or work.
- Each additional procedure requires more days to heal, meaning you will need to restrict your diet multiple times. It will be as if you underwent four separate surgeries.
- If you keep some of your molars, you will need to schedule additional visits so that your oral surgeon can perform routine inspections and X-rays.
- It will be more expensive to visit your surgeon multiple times for additional tooth extraction surgeries if your remaining molars become painful.
Risks of Keeping Wisdom Teeth
On rare occasions, keeping all four wisdom teeth is reasonable; however, this decision is up to your oral surgeon. In most cases, keeping them can result in the following:
- Damage to neighboring teeth
- Unrestorable cavities
- Pathologies, such as cysts, abscesses, and tumors
- Infections and other periodontal diseases
What Will Happen During My Initial Consultation?
During your first visit, your oral surgeon will take advanced 3D X-rays to determine if your wisdom teeth are impacted and need removal. They will discuss treatment options with you and ask questions about your overall health. If they find that removing all four molars is risky, they will create an appropriate treatment plan for you; however, most people can extract all four teeth at once.
Many people are scared of oral surgery, so you should address any qualms with your surgeon to accommodate you. For instance, some people have dental phobia and need entertainment options during appointments. Make sure you understand your surgeon’s preoperative and postoperative instructions to minimize complications.
Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah is Here for You
If you’re wondering if all four of your wisdom teeth need removing, you can schedule an appointment with the board-certified oral surgeons at Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah. We will advise you on how to proceed with your surgery.
We specialize in tooth extraction, corrective jaw surgery, bone grafting, dental implant insertion, and more. We have offices in Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan, and Tooele. Schedule your free consultation today.