The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh has advised against the removal of the third molars in patients who don’t have a problem. The removal of wisdom teeth is advised only when there are problems caused by wisdom teeth.
- Wisdom teeth may be impacted, may be infected, may cause tooth decay, push other teeth, cause cysts and cause excessive pain.
- Dental experts are questioning if the wisdom teeth extraction is really necessary for cases without these problems.
- Studies have shown that the risks of surgery far outweigh the risk of keeping wisdom teeth.
The APHA also approved a policy that year saying the concerns of leaving wisdom teeth in don’t justify the risk of surgery – which aren’t small. Aside from associated risks of anaesthetic, the surgery can lead to possible nerve damage, loss of the sense of taste, and sometimes even death.
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