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A 32-year-old member asked:

Please tell me if i should extract my wisdom teeth?

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
A Verified Doctoranswered
Dentistry 38 years experience
Need exam to know : Wisdom teeth are extracted when there is not enough room for them to erupt and function normally. Your dentist will use x-rays to help make this determination. See a dentist to find out if you need yours extracted.
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Dr. Harvey Shandler
48 years experience
See your DDS: The only way to know if you need your wisdom teeth removed is by seeing a dentist or oral surgeon who will exam you and take an x-ray to determine if wisdom teeth removal is necessary.
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Dr. Don Millner
Dentistry - Cosmetic 45 years experience
Most should get ext.: Most should consider getting their wisdom teeth extracted. Even when the teeth come in perfectly straight, most people are unable to brush them, let alone floss them! in the absence perfect hygiene (daily flossing), most wisdom teeth are doomed to years of tooth decay and gum disease that can also effect the back wall of the adjacent 2nd molar.Get 3rds out when young and roots not fully formed.
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Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Normally yes: It is normally recommended that wisdom teeth be extracted because the teeth normally come in crooked, are hard to clean, often decay and develop bone and gum tissue issues, and usually are not used effectively for biting. If there are health issues (bleeding, etc.) then a consultation needs to be done to give you options.
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A 43-year-old member asked:

Please tell me, are wisdom teeth attached to nerves?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 42 years experience
Yes, they are: In fact, all vital teeth have nerves and blood vessels in the pulp.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

Please tell me what age do wisdom teeth grow in?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 56 years experience
Usually: Between the ages of 16 and 22 but it might be later or not at all. The wisdom teeth might not have enough room to come in or occasionally they do not form at all.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

Please tell me, are you supposed to pull your wisdom teeth?

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Dr. Stephen Gordon
45 years experience
Only if .....: Your wisdom teeth are in poor position, heavily decayed or are causing problems with adjacent teeth. Pre-historic humans typically had a longer jaw that could accommodate 3rd molars but today, most people do not have enough room for them so they need to be removed. See your dentist or oral surgeon for evaluation.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

Can you please tell me about impacted wisdom teeth?

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Dr. Daniel Quon
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 44 years experience
Teeth under the gums: Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars are usually the last teeth on either side of the upper and lower jaws, and the most common impacted teeth. Impacted means there is something that is preventing the tooth from erupting into the mouth. The position of the developing tooth, size of the tooth, size of the jaws, and any tissue, bone or pathological problems (cysts) may prevent normal eruption.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me, are my wisdom teeth commin in, how can I tell?

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Dr. Gary Chapman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 years experience
See your dentist: Wisdom teeth will usually be somewhat sore as they come in. Dentists generally take x-rays to verify wisdom tooth presence and likelihood of them erupting normally. It seems most wisdom teeth require removal, most of us don't have sufficient room for them.
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