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what is the best treatment for a possible tooth erupting in the spce where the lower and upper jaw meet?

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Dr. Ronald Achong
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Depends: Depends it this erupting tooth will be of use. If it is then orthodontic treatment may be the best treatment. If the erupting tooth will be non functional, then it may be better off to extract the tooth. Please consult your doctor for an evaluation and xrays.
Dr. Zhiqiang Huang
Dentistry 13 years experience
Extraction: I believe the tooth you are talking about is a wisdom tooth which is the last one in lower jaw where upper and lower jaw meet. In most cases, there is no room for wisdom teeth to grow in and in consequence, infection and pain can happen. Dentists may perform a surgery to open the soft tissue cap and expose the wisdom teeth. But it does not work most of time. Extraction is the best solution.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Oral surgeon: No "best treatment" universally. Depends on the circumstances. See a board certified oral surgeon for best advice.

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