Someone explain to me the logic of pulling out a wisdom tooth because of a cavity. I was too astonished to argue with the dentist at the time, but like, I am pretty sure that is going overboard… Ever since I got wisdom teeth, every dentist has said that they don’t need to come out… :|
I can esplain. I had a small cavity in a wisdom tooth for aboooout… 4 years. It got big. Quite suddenly the infection hit the nerve in the root in the tooth. For hours it would feel as though someone had wedged a screwdriver under my eye and repeatedly hit it with a hammer.
I considered hitting myself with a hammer to knock it out myself, because it hurt so bad. I logically knew this was a terrible idea, but I also wanted to tear my face off, just to make it stop.
You can’t sleep, can’t concentrate, and if you happen to nudge the tooth while eating… Well… The screwdriver thing seems like a walk in the park.
I went from being fine, to scrambling for money to get it out as quickly as possible.
Also if the cavity tooth gets to the point of abscess the infection is really close to your carotid artery, it can spill in an pretty much insta-kill you if it gets bad. This goes for any of the lower molars. I learned this from a bad-ass friend of mine who toughed out a cavity, and almost died except her husband MADE her go to the dentist. The infection had gotten right up against the artery.
I don’t mean this as a lecture, I just wanted to share the knowledge. Believe me I know the dentist is scary, and painful and I avoid it whenever I can. Cavities in any tooth are not to be avoided.
On the wisdom tooth note, the only time the dentist really insists on taking them out is if they threaten to impact the other teeth. When mine rose up all my dentists side-eyed them and said it was really easy to get cavities in them. And then two of them did.