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Wisdom Teeth Removal - More Harm Than Good


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Wisdom teeth are third molars in the back of the mouth that usually appear between the ages of 17 and 21. When wisdom teeth are coming in many people have sensations of pain. This is normal and should not be a cause a concern. It is also possible that not all four wisdom teeth come in.

According to recent medical evidence most people don't need their wisdom teeth removed, even if the teeth are impacted. In fact some evidence suggests that removing healthy impacted wisdom teeth is not advised due to the risk of nerve damage. There are actually many other life altering complications from getting wisdom teeth out including death that many are not aware of. It is estimated that about 1 in 20 people will have complications from the procedure.

Arguably the most dangerous complication is that an air-and-water-cooled turbine drill can cause a gas related embolus by inadvertent injection which then passes into the jaw to the veins and then to the large vessels leading to the heart. Large amounts of air can cause serious problems including cardiac arrest and death, by traveling to the large veins leading to the heart, and mechanically blocking the flow of blood through the heart. Numerous people have actually died from this complication ranging from in their teens to much later in life.

Trigeminal neuralgia can develop if there is injury to the trigeminal nerve. This causes episodes of intense pain in the eyes, lips, nose, scalp, forehead, and jaw. Trigeminal neuralgia is considered by many to be among the most painful of conditions and once was labeled the suicide disease.

Another lesser known serious complication that can is a rare disease known as new daily persistent headache. It is characterized by continuous daily head pain, varying in intensity, and sometimes accompanied by migrainous symptoms. People with NDPH can tell you the exact date when their headache began. Current research suggests that (TNF) Tumor necrosis factor ± is a proinflammatory cytokine involved in brain immune and inflammatory activities, as well as in pain initiation, and is elevated in many cases of NDPH, suggesting persistent central nervous system inflammation.

Other complications that can result from the extraction include lingual nerve damage, inferior alveolar nerve damage, a dry socket, jaw fracture, injury to teeth, tmj pain, hematoma, anaphylaxis, angiodema and bleeding.

If dentists recommend wisdom teeth removal, this should be questioned and examined by the patient. Oral surgeons should be performing the procedure in a hospital to help prevent complications. Other times oral surgeons will want to remove all 4 wisdom teeth, when really only 1 or 2 really need to come out.

Shawn Thomas writes about his new daily persistent headache brought on by his wisdom teeth removal . To find out more you can visit


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