I still have all of mine, but I really should have at least two of them removed. I'm getting repeat infections and I bite my own cheek all the time.
post #41 of 48
5/20/10 at 12:51pm
I had one removed, which had a cavity in it, when I was 25. It was such a terrible procedure that I opted to have another one drilled, rather than pulled, when I had another cavity at 30.
My husband had the "pre-emptive" removal, which was proposed to both of us by our dentists when we were in our teens, and had a much more complicated recovery as they had to cut into his gum to find the not-yet-erupted teeth. I thought what I went through was bad, but when he told me about his ordeal, I was shocked. And there was nothing wrong with his teeth!
I remember my dentist saying, "We'll let you keep your wisdom teeth if you keep them clean," like it was their choice, when I was a teenager. I walked right out of that office and never went back.
I see a lot of parallels with circ and always have.
.. that Americans routinely remove healthy wisdom teeth from people.
Asking on Twitter about this after seeing a tweet about it, and several people tweeted back that yes, it is a routine thing that is done to most teens, without any evidence of a problem, as prophylaxis.
I live in the UK, and wisdom teeth only tend to be removed here if there is a problem with them. ....
Anyway, slightly digressing from the forum topic, but thought it was an interesting comparison.