The Downside of Removal
The downsides of wisdom teeth removal are mostly the same as with any other minor surgery.
- Your child may have an adverse reaction to the anesthetic (very rarely).
- He or she may experience swelling and tenderness in the area of the removed teeth.
- The sutures that are used to close the hole left behind by the removed tooth may open and leave a space that needs to be re-closed.
- A very small number (less than 0.01%) of people who have this procedure have unexplained pain in the jaw that doesn't respond to painkillers and can last for years.
The Upside of Removal The upsides of getting your wisdom teeth pulled are all about the conditions you avoid by having them taken out. With no wisdom teeth crowding their other teeth around, your kids may see the following benefits:
- Their wisdom teeth won't come in at odd angles and be quite so difficult to clean.
- Their other teeth won't get crowded together and require braces to keep straight.
- They won't experience the minor infections common with wisdom teeth eruption.
- They will be able to easily clean the back sides of their rearmost teeth.