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A 22-year-old male asked:

When is the wisdom tooth extraction needed? my upper wisdom tooth is rubbing against the gum on the lower jaw causing severe discomfort.

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
A good solution: Pending reviews of history and symptoms, extraction of a malposed third molar should solve this problem.
Dr. Juan Ramirez
undefined 14 years experience
The ideal treatment is extraction, your discomfort is going to go away and will prevent you for further complications.
Feb 17, 2013
Dr. Jeffrey Collins
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Common problem: You should have your wisdom teeth evaluated by your dentist or oral surgeon. When insufficient space is present, they can put you at risk for infections, damage to adjacent teeth, and other types of oral pathology. It's typically best to treat them when you are young, as the surgery and recovery tend to be easier.
Last updated Nov 27, 2017

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