For years, many dentists have recommended automatic wisdom teeth removal as soon as they erupt to prevent problems with them down the road. Wisdom teeth erupt around the age of 17. Because they tend to impact, causing pain and damage to adjacent teeth, dentists used to remove them as soon as possible to prevent the possibility of impacted wisdom teeth.
However, recent evidence has come to light that it isn’t necessary to remove wisdom teeth unless they become symptomatic. This was recently expressed in the British Dental Journal. According to the Journal, leaving wisdom teeth in saves patients a lot of money due to so many wisdom teeth that never impact or cause problems.
The British recommend that wisdom teeth be left in, monitored and only taken out when they cause problems.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Rates in Australia
In Australia, 527 Australians out of 100,000 had wisdom teeth removal performed in hospitals during 2008-09. This represents seven times as many as in the UK. Though all of the numbers aren’t available, the British researchers recently estimated that if Australia used the approach currently used in the UK, it could save Australians as much as $420 million to $513 million per year. To learn more, call our Bassendean dentists today on (08) 9279 7956
The Argument for Preventative Wisdom Teeth Removal
The Australian Dental Association (ADA) President, Dr Rick Olive, believes the benefits of early wisdom teeth removal outweigh the costs. Dr Olive is currently involved in similar research in Australia but sees the British approach as “trying to ration health care.”
Dr Olive is concerned about the 5% to 21% of patients who have side effects from wisdom teeth removal. He also cites increased exposure to x-rays during the monitoring process.
How We Handle Wisdom Teeth Removal
At Candlewood Dental Centre, the ultimate decision on wisdom teeth removal is yours. We thoroughly examine your mouth and give you the results. We will make a recommendation, but you make the choice.