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A 45-year-old member asked:

are there health risks of not having your wisdom teeth pulled out?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 36 years experience
Wisdom teeth: As a mature adult wisdom teeth should be removed if there is a problem with them. If they are erupted and healthy they do not need to be removed. The only valuations n process is regarding the removal of wisdom teeth takes age in consideration. You will get the best answer by seeing a dentist or oral surgeon for an evaluation.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
Pain Management 36 years experience
Wisdom teeth: usually appear between the ages of 16 and 25. If you are experiencing pain, swollen lymph nodes and it does not go away or if you find it difficult to open your mouth, you should see a dentist for evaluation, x-ray and wisdom teeth removal. However, impacted wisdom teeth that are free from disease and symptoms should not be operated on.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

How long does it take to get your wisdom teeth pulled out?

7 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. steven Present
Dentistry 43 years experience
The time can vary: It all is predicated on the condition of the wisdom teeth. Are they full bony impactions, partial bony impactions, erupted, position of the teeth with in the bone, etc. In addition are they going to be removed under general anesthesia, IV sedation, or just a local anesthetic. As you can see there are many variations and they can take various amount of time depending upon the skill of the surgeon.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What is the recovery time for getting wisdom teeth pulled out?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 45 years experience
Depends: It is a surgery. The recovery time can be affected by many variables- upper teeth or lower, impacted/partial impaction/fully erupted, infected or not, root tip or broken tooth, difficulty of removal, density of the bone, your overall immunity. Normally a week to 10 days is a good rule of thumb, but everyone is different and every extraction is different.
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A 13-year-old female asked:

Does every dentist have to give you an IV when you get your wisdom teeth pulled out?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Absolutely not: Some people only need and want local anesthesia; some have it done that way with sweet air (laughing gas) as an added relaxer, and some require IV sedation. It depends mostly on your wishes, although there are specific patients and definite circumstances when it would be highly advisable. You should discuss this issue with the surgeon prior to setting up the appointment for removal.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What is it like to have wisdom teeth pulled out, meaning what does the dentist do?

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Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
Dentistry 22 years experience
Wisdom teeth: I usually use an elevator and try to cause the least trauma so there is less post-op pain. Sometimes its nes. To section a tooth or use forcepts. It should be painless. You may feels a lot of pressure and some crackling sounds are normal. We provide headphones to watch tv during the procedure to remove the sound.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What should I do to feel better after having wisdom teeth pulled out?

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Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
Cosmetic Dentistry 50 years experience
3 hours: First 3 hours = bite firm on cotton over this extraction site, and use ice on the outside of the face next to the extraction site.

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