Let’s say you’re pretty sure you need to get one of your wisdom teeth removed — perhaps the tooth has been causing you pain, or you suspect it’s impacted. Seeing an experienced local oral surgeon is your next move, but their advice might surprise you.
Chances are, your oral surgeon will not recommend simply pulling the offending tooth. For most patients, extracting all four wisdom teeth at the same time is the best approach. Here’s why.
Getting Healthy Wisdom Teeth Removed May Not Be Necessary
For a wisdom tooth that’s healthy and developing properly, removal isn’t essential. So, you could tell your oral surgeon that you’d rather have only the problematic molar pulled.
Before you make that decision, however, you need to know that the third molars are known to cause a range of dental issues. As they erupt, the teeth often grow at an angle or get stuck in the gums. And in some patients, the irregular growth results in overcrowding or damage to the nearby teeth.
In addition, by choosing to get just the one wisdom tooth removed, you’ll also be increasing your risk of gum disease. The area around the third molars is difficult to clean, making it a bacterial breeding ground.
Why Removing All Your Wisdom Teeth at the Same Time Is Wise
Clearly, oral surgeons have good reasons for recommending extraction of all four wisdom teeth. But why remove them at the same time?
First of all, spacing out the tooth extractions will cost more, as you’ll have to pay for multiple procedures. Then there’s the recovery time — with more than one procedure, you’ll end up missing more work or school.
Also, let’s not forget about your overall wisdom tooth extraction experience. Are you comfortable with the idea of going through the process multiple times? If we had to guess, we’d say the answer is no.
What to Expect When Recovering from Wisdom Teeth Removal
Fortunately, extracting four teeth instead of one doesn’t mean the recovery period will be four times as bad. Most patients have a similar experience, regardless of how many of their third molars are pulled during the same appointment.
As long as you follow your oral surgeon’s aftercare instructions, the extraction sites should heal within three to five days. In a few weeks, your recovery should be complete — and you won’t have to worry about going through the third molar removal process again.
At Richmond Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, serving the greater east central Indiana area, we want you to be well-informed about your treatment options. We’re happy to answer questions, and our entire professional team will prioritize both your safety and your comfort.
Is getting all your wisdom teeth removed at the same time the right decision? To discuss the matter with an experienced oral surgeon, contact Richmond Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery today.