|Posted on May 16, 2013 at 1:30 AM|
There seems to be a mindset in conventional dentistry that wisdom teeth are superfluous. That they should be extracted at a young age before they can cause a problem. These teeth are believed to have the potential to create anterior tooth crowding and infections in the mouth. They are difficult to keep clean since they are way back in the far corners of your mouth, and you should get them out NOW, before the troubles start.
This mentality is definitely not what I would call holistic thinking. It is analogous to a dentist placing fillings in the grooves of non-carious teeth, only because they have a high potential to develop a cavity. Sounds farfetched, but I have seen this done in one office I worked in many years ago.
Rational thinking would show that all of your teeth are important, wisdom included. According to Chinese medicine, all teeth run through meridians in your body, affecting other organs and body parts.
Wisdom teeth, specifically, are connected to the heart and intestine meridians. Is it no wonder that chronic illness in both of these organs are on the rise? Of course there may be other contributing factors to these chronic health issues, such as diet, but wisdom teeth extractions, as well as the residual cavitations at the extraction site, may also be contributing to these systemic health conditions. It is also not uncommon to have some ear issues (hearing problems, vertigo) or even nerve damage (paraesthesia) after wisdom tooth extraction.
Even though your orthodontist may have advised removing these teeth, or your regular dentist said that they were coming in sideways and should be removed to prevent future problems, I would still get a second opinion. I have seen these teeth often upright over time even when they were way out of alignment.
I have also placed fillings in wisdom teeth with cavities that other dentists ignored since the premise is why bother filling a tooth that should be extracted anyway. Let’s just wait until the cavity gets big enough to create a toothache and then we can just extract it. Sounds absurd but this mindset is fairly common in the dental community.
Of course there are many times when wisdom teeth should be extracted for the betterment of the oral condition. But routinely removing them just because of your age, presence of small decay, or coming in crooked, is not a valid reason. At least not until an attempt is made to remedy the situation.
The bottom line to all this: get a second opinion before you go and remove these “useless” wisdom teeth. The rest of your body will thank you for it. Just for the record, I still have all my wisdom teeth, even though it was highly suggested that I have them extracted. From my own experience, I have found that it is always best to keep all of your body parts, teeth included.
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