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A 28-year-old female asked:

My dentist advised me to remove 2nd molar tooth in lower jaw in order to let the wisdom tooth to grow up.im 28 years old and will it be ok to remove?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Yes, no, maybe?: The answer to your question can only be determined by a clinical exam, x-rays and a bite\Orthodontic evaluation. It depends upon the health, angle, size and shape of both the wisdom tooth and the second molar. In most cases it would be better to remove the wisdom tooth but if the second molar had extensive caries\big filling and the wisdom tooth would\could be brought into proper position, OK.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Not good: If the 2nd molar is healthy it should not be removed, the impacted wisdom tooth should be removed by an Oral Surgeon. If 2nd molar badly damaged and it's not salvageable and must be removed, chance of wisdom tooth erupting into 2nd molar position is very questionable. Even if it does erupt, it probably will not be in good position. You might want to see an Orthodontist to discuss positioning.

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