You do have the right to refuse medical care at your age. Nobody can force it on you, legally, unless you need to be involuntarily committed for insanity or mental incapacity to a psych ward or home for the mentally ill. At that point, guardians/wards of the state have been appointed to make medical decisions on your behalf. However, in the end, while your wisdom teeth may not cause pain now, wisdom teeth don't fully emerge until you're about 18 -- and yes, listening to the orthodontist IS best. He wouldn't be recommending the surgery unless it were necessary. They'll put you under and you won't be aware, at all, of what's going on. Now, if you opted out of the surgery, and if your wisdom teeth were to grow in more crooked AND cause you pain, there's a chance of infection, e.g.: you might get gum disease, abscesses, and the operation to remove your wisdom teeth from your jawline would far more protracted, complicated, and difficult as the infection (s) and gum disease(s) would need to be treated as well. Think of that before deciding. You'd be running a totally unnecessary risk of needing a far more undesirable surgical operation on your mouth the one you're currently being recommended. It's a choice, but where the pros outweigh the cons.
Wisdom tooth extraction.
· 7 years ago