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when to take out wisdom teeth?

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Dr. Terri Silverman
Dentistry 41 years experience
Every mouth differs: Not every wisdom tooth needs to come out. Some come into your mouth is a good position that allows you to keep it clean and use it. Others come in at bad angles, or in positions that don't allow it to be kept clean. If they do need to be removed, it is better to have them out while you are still young. The older we get the harder our bone gets, so the extractions can be harder to do.
Dr. Scott Frank
Dr. Scott Frank commented
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 34 years experience
Occasionally, there can be more serious consequences of not removing wisdom teeth. These may include infection, cyst, tumors, injury to adjacent teeth and pain. The risks of complications are generally low when wisdom teeth are removed between ages 14 and 24.
Dec 3, 2012
Dr. Dell Goodrick
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If needed: If you are told your wisdom teeth should come out, the younger you are, the better. The roots are forming and still fused in many cases, making them easier to come right out, even surgically. They separate and flare as they form. Have them done on a friday (or before a couple days off school or work) and you'll be fine by monday. An oral surgeon can assess timing with a panorex x-ray.
Dr. Daniel Quon
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 42 years experience
While developing: The old saying if your wisdom teeth are not bothering you, don't let anyone bother them may not be the best advice. If the wisdom teeth are indicated for removal, the optimal time is to have them removed before the roots are fully developed. Physical development of the tooth is sometimes more important than the chronological age of a patient.
Dr. Robert Devin
Dentistry 47 years experience
3rd molars Best time: Wisdom teeth, 3rd molars start to come in in the late teens to early 20's. Most do not erupt correctly usually due to a lack of space for them. They cause problems later in life. When removed in young patients, they heal faster. Best time to remove is when they have barely broken the gum tissue over them. If they erupt enough for the tooth to be chewed into, the ligament toughens it is harder to do.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
If needed, teens: Based on your age, I assume you are a parent. If indicated to come out, mid-teen years are best. I would recommend a consultation with a board certified oral surgeon. He can take xrays, discuss pros and cons.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Wisdom teeth removal: Sometimes wisdom teeth are valuable asset when healthy and properly aligned, but more often, they are misaligned and require removal. The removal of wisdom teeth is one of the most common procedures at ages 15-24. See your dentist for evaluation and x-rays.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Extractions: The dentist will numb you up with local anesthesia. Some patients also opt for sweet air or IV sedation. The dentist uses forceps and\or elevators to remove the teeth, either in one piece or in sections depending upon the position of the tooth and the difficulty of the extraction. This is what dentists\oral surgeons spend years training for and for them it's routine.
Dr. Daniel Quon
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 42 years experience
Skill and Training: Removal of wisdom teeth will depend upon whether or not the teeth are erupted, impacted (classification of the impacted teeth), as well as the person performing the surgery. Dentists and surgeons may use different techniques for removal of teeth, as well as different types of anesthesia and/or sedation. Ask your dentist or surgeon what will be involved with your particular surgery.
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dr. Zahid Ahmed commented
Dentistry 11 years experience
There is great variation in how wisdom teeth present and the skill level of the surgeon. Once you find a qualified surgeon. Ask them what you can expect
Jun 22, 2014
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Depends: Depends on the tooth position. If fully erupted in the mouth - simple extraction. If impacted, may need a gum flap, removal of bone, and sectioning of the tooth.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

How long do wisdom teeth take to all grow in?

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Dr. Gloria l Ciccone
Pediatrics 37 years experience
4 years: Third molars ( wisdom teeth ) show their crwon completed between the ages of 12 to 16 yr, but can take until the ages of 17 and 21 yr to complete eruption.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Could you describe how to take out wisdom teeth?

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Dr. TED FEDER
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 40 years experience
Depends: Depends on the wisdom tooth's position and if its path of withdrawl is blocked. Basically, any tooth is removed by separating the root from the surrounding bone (socket) and attachment. This is done by expanding the bone (rocking the tooth), or by using thin instruments, or by using a dental drill. The tooth might need to be sectioned (cut/split) to clear any obstructions. Anesthesia is anothe.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for wisdom teeth to grow in?

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Dr. James Beck
Dentistry 11 years experience
Quite a while: The wisdom tooth (or third molar) starts forming in the mandible behind the second molar at about age 12. The tooth slowly forms the crown and roots over many years. If there is room, the tooth will start to erupt into the mouth around age 18. The tooth can partially erupt, completely erupt, or not erupt at all into the mouth. The dentist will have to determine what treatment each case requires.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Usually how long can wisdom teeth recovery take?

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Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
Cosmetic Dentistry 50 years experience
Depends: It can take anywhere from 1 day to 1 week to longer depending on the position of the wisdom tooth and the surgery necessary. You need to ask the dentist that is doing the surgery for a more specific answer.
A 29-year-old female asked:

Is it necessary to take out the wisdom teeth?

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Dr. Steven Simon
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 38 years experience
Not always necessary to remove. Often there is inadequate room in the jaw for the space these teeth would occupy. Best to discuss with your dentist who will examine for space needs, effect of crowding, and discuss your options. This cannot be done accurately without an exam and probably x rays. Good luck

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