Re: Wisdom teeth - 2 out or all 4? help
steve, I agree with dave...if your other wisdom teeth aren't giving you problems and are healthy, then you definitely have the option to leave them alone and to ask your regular dentist to monitor them at each checkup.
I understand that your lower left wisdom tooth was giving you slight problems so if nothing else can be done to rectify the problem then extraction of that tooth is probably necessary. But what was the reason you were given to have the other lower one removed?
Removing wisdom teeth is a pretty good money maker. If ten patients a year have four wisdom tooth removed, that totals $25,000. If fifty patients a year have four removed, that is $125,000/year - just from these "four wisdom tooth" extractions alone. Unfortunately, people like Dave and me are examples of what complications can happen with wisdom tooth extractions. I have paresthesia from a wisdom tooth extraction in January.
Last edited by charlottefr; 04-15-2008 at 12:50 PM.