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A 38-year-old member asked:

after removing wisdom teeth, when can i eat normal foods again?

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Dr. Daniel Quon
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 42 years experience
It can vary: After having wisdom teeth removed, you should start off with a soft diet and advance to solid foods as you can tolerate. Every patient is different as are their eating patterns following surgery. Some patients may fee they can only tolerate soft foods for the first week, while other patients resume their regular diet immediately following surgery.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Varies: Varies with degree of surgery required, subsequent postop course. If teeth are deeply impacted, could be up to a couple of weeks. With non-impacted teeth, some can eat a normal diet shortly after surgery. Follow postop instructions from oral surgeon.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to have five wisdom teeth?

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Dr. William Banks Hinshaw
Obstetrics and Gynecology 43 years experience
Yes: Teeth in addition to the usual 32 are called supernumeraries, because that number is exceeded. These are often at the back of the jaws in line with the 3rd molars, or wisdom teeth. Some people do not get 3rd molars at all.
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A 28-year-old member asked:

If you don't get you wisdom teeth pull an they are infected what can it do to your health?

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Dr. David Miller
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Family Medicine 10 years experience
Abscess: An infected wisdom tooth can lead to an abscess, which can cause all sorts of bad problems. Specifically, the abscess can throw clots that can go to your brain and cause a stroke. Most seriously, the infection can spread to your brain. It is thought that king tut died of a similar cause. Definitely not something to fool with. See your dentist right away.
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ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
If you don't have dental insurance check to see if there is a university dental school nearby...they often can perform extractions with less cost than a regular dentist.
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A 37-year-old member asked:

How long do wisdom teeth take to all grow in?

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Dr. Gloria l Ciccone
Pediatrics 37 years experience
4 years: Third molars ( wisdom teeth ) show their crwon completed between the ages of 12 to 16 yr, but can take until the ages of 17 and 21 yr to complete eruption.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Does anyone have any wisdom teeth coming in straight?

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Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 12 years experience
Yes: Many adults are able to maintain and keep there wisdom teeth and use them as any other tooth, but it is more common for them to be nonfunctional and need to be removed. It all depends on jaw size and how much room if available.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How do you know when your wisdom teeth are growing into your moth?

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Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 54 years experience
Can see sometimes: Your gums may get red, swollen and sore. You may be able to see a new tooth. The only way to know for sure is to see a dentist.

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