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A 26-year-old female asked:

should i have a wisdom tooth removed if it hurts a lot and is diffifult to clean?

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Duguid
Dentistry 29 years experience
Yes: Having a wisdom tooth removed because it hurts and is difficult to clean is a good idea. Leaving it not only will continue pain, but if you can't keep it properly clean then it can potentially result in periodontal/bone loss in the tooth in front of it or even decay.
Dr. James Beck
Dentistry 11 years experience
A dentist can: I would definitely advise you to have your wisdom tooth removed if if is hurting and difficult to clean. Most people's mouths are not big enough to accomodate the wisdom teeth and they just lead to trouble as you are finding out. Have a dentist remove it asap.
Dr. Ronald Achong
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Yes: You should have that wisdom tooth removed if you are experiencing pain and if it is acting as a food trap. See a dentist or an oral surgeon. If you rather have sedation for the extraction of the tooth, then see an oral surgeon. Good luck.
Dr. Scott Harwood
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Yes: If a wisdom tooth is bothering you and it is in a position that makes it difficult to keep clean then it typically should be removed.

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