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Many people go through the experience of having their wisdom teeth removed, but not everyone understands why dentists need to take these particular pearly whites out of the mouth. Los Angeles ABC news affiliate reports that wisdom teeth removal is becoming a controversial subject in the dental community, with some oral health professionals believing that these teeth should not be removed until they present as a problem.
The news provider spoke to one dentist who saw holes in this "wait and see" theory.
"Waiting until they notice that there's a problem is really waiting until the problem has already caused some damage. This would be like saying if we know somebody has high blood pressure should we wait until they start to have symptoms?" said Louis Rafetto, D.D.S.
According to WebMD, wisdom teeth, when they are not aligned correctly, can crowd the other teeth, and potentially damage the jawbone and nerves. While this may not be the case with everyone, even if a person's wisdom teeth don't bother them now they may cause problems in the future.
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