A 37-year-old male asked:
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please provide some do's and don'ts on dealing with wisdom teeth.

22 doctor answers
Dr. Russell Chin
45 years experience Dentistry
Ignore: Find out if you have them by having a panoramic x-ray taken.
Answered on Mar 21, 2014
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
40 years experience Dentistry
Ignore: Do understand that most people don't have room for them. Don't worry, extractions are painless.
Answered on Jul 29, 2014
Dr. Reed Day
Dr. Reed Day answered
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Ignore: Do pick an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
Answered on May 20, 2014
Dr. Raymond Lavigne
44 years experience Dentistry
Ignore: Do save wisdom teeth if your mouth has enough room for their full eruption, useful and able to clean.
Answered on May 20, 2014
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
36 years experience Dentistry
Ignore: Remember to eat a soft diet after wisdom tooth extraction.
Answered on Jun 27, 2017
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Dr. I. Jay Freedman
43 years experience Dentistry
Most: Most jaws can't accommodate wisdom teeth, so get them out when it is recommended.
Answered on Jul 28, 2014
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
43 years experience Dentistry
If: If wisdom teeth are impacted, seek out a skilled surgeon who will evaluate position with a CBCT scan.
Answered on Jan 16, 2019
Dr. John Scuba
25 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Ignore: Do have them evaluated by an oral surgeon. Do discuss the pros and cons of leaving vs removing them.
Answered on Aug 4, 2014
Dr. Scott Terry
29 years experience Dentistry
Ignore: It is a good idea to get a current full-mouth (panoramic) x-ray.
Answered on Jan 18, 2019
Dr. James Sunwoo
15 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Ignore: Taking out your wisdom teeth early dramatically reduces your risk of complications.
Answered on Oct 3, 2014
Dr. Joseph Ilacqua
47 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Ignore: Consult an oral surgeon to discuss if there is or is not adequate space for eruption of these teeth.
Answered on Jan 16, 2019
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
11 years experience Dentistry
Ignore: Don't wait for pain if your dentist has found your wisdom teeth to be malpositioned or impacted.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
45 years experience Dentistry
Ignore: See a dentist/oral surgeon and obtain an opinion on whether the teeth are better off saving.
Answered on Mar 8, 2015
Dr. Daniel Sampson
26 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Ignore: Do have your wisdom teeth evaluated I. Your teenage years. Don't wait until they become symptomatic.
Answered on Feb 2, 2015
Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
51 years experience Dentistry
Ignore: If they are impacted, Have them followed regularly by your dentist clinically & with x-rays.
Answered on Jan 25, 2015
Dr. Russell Lieblick
21 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Ignore: Get them taken care of early! Best time is before roots are formed regardless of age. Get an xray!
Answered on Feb 11, 2015
Dr. Ronald Achong
18 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Ignore: For do's. Follow the instructions that your dentist provided for you. Don't: spit or smoke.
Answered on Sep 7, 2017
Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
45 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Ignore: If they are bothering you, see an Oral Surgeon ASAP. Typically it will get worse over time.
Answered on Feb 29, 2016
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
32 years experience Dentistry
Ignore: Make sure to have wisdom teeth evaluated during your late teens.Early diagnosis and treatment helps!
Answered on Jul 1, 2015
Dr. Kevin Nail
11 years experience Dentistry
Ignore: Do follow your doctors post operative instructions along with young prescribed medications.
Answered on May 14, 2015
Dr. Joe Armel
Dr. Joe Armel answered
49 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Ignore: Wisdom teeth are often problematic due to inadequate space to erupt and clean. Check with your DDS.
Answered on Nov 28, 2015
Dr. Joel Teig
Dr. Joel Teig answered
45 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Ignore: Most important is to keep the area as clean as possible with frequent warm salt water rinses.
Answered on Mar 4, 2018

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