My dentist is a competent oral surgeon. I require very little in the way of his services, being very particular about preventive dental care. We have been keeping an eye on my wisdom teeth, none of which have emerged but are malpositioned according to X-rays.
I am 41, and my dental insurance coverage is great. He keeps mentioning that the older I get, the more difficult the ordeal will be in terms of extraction and recovery. Chances are that they might never trouble me, though. He reports that what little literature there is on the subject doesn’t really indicate whether one should leave them be or take them out, and as far as I’ve researched, that seems to be true. Over the years, the teeth have shown no changes.
So I’m down to “clinical experience.” His clinical experience says to take them out while the getting’s good. Much as I enjoy intravenous sedation and time off work, I am reluctant, and wondering if others’ clinical experiences differ.