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Is it possible to have five wisdom teeth?

Is it possible to have five wisdom teeth?

Yes: Teeth in addition to the usual 32 are called supernumeraries, because that number is exceeded. These are often at the back of the jaws in line with the 3rd molars, or wisdom teeth. Some people do not get 3rd molars at all. ...Read more

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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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I will get my wisdom teeth taken out. I have five of them. Any suggestions for a speedy recovery?

I will get my wisdom teeth taken out. I have five of them. Any suggestions for a speedy recovery?

Post-extraction: Listen to the dr's instructions! No smoking post-op is paramount. Typically, no rinsing for 24 hours is advised. A soft diet, avoiding very hot foods/liquids is also helpful. And rest. Lay off the treadmill for a little while. ...Read more

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It's been five days since I had my wisdom teeth taken out. Am I still at risk for dry sockets? I am terrified.

It's been five days since I had my wisdom teeth taken out. Am I still at risk for dry sockets? I am terrified.

Yes, but: Do you have any worsening pain or swelling or difficulty chewing or swallowing? If non of those then relax and discuss any symptoms or concerns with your oral surgeon ...Read more

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Taking antibiotic for wisdom teeth five days ago and noticed something weird going on 'down there'. I.E. Burning, itching. What should I do

Taking antibiotic for wisdom teeth five days ago and noticed something weird going on 'down there'. I.E. Burning, itching. What should I do

Anti-fungal: It is not uncommon for women to get fungal, or yeast infections when taking broad spectrum anti-biotics. You can either get an otc anti-fungal or call your doctor to have one prescribed for you. ...Read more

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I have 5 wisdom teeth and I am getting them out. I have had braces and know I wear my retainer at night only. When can I start to wear my retainer?

I have 5 wisdom teeth and I am getting them out. I have had braces and know I wear my retainer at night only. When can I start to wear my retainer?

Unusual: Most people have 4 wisdom teeth, but 5 or more is not unusual. Wait until your stitches are out, then titrate your retainer time. Start with an hour a day and work your way up. While your retainer is out, don't let it dry out. Let it soak in denture cleaner, changing the water/denture cleaner tablet daily. ...Read more

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Is it common that wisdom teeth to erupt 4 or 5 years early?

Is it common that wisdom teeth to erupt 4 or 5 years early?

Depends: Wisdom teeth can come in any time in a wide age range, and keeping in mind that everyone develops at a different rate, this probably isn't a major worry. A panoramic x-ray at the dentist can help identify any problems that this might cause. ...Read more

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I'm on day 5 after my bottom 2 wisdom teeth were removed. What would you recommend eating?

I'm on day 5 after my bottom 2 wisdom teeth were removed. What would you recommend eating?

Depends: Sutures placed - stick to soft foods, anything that can easily be separated by a fork only. For 1 week. No sutures - consistency of diet based on your comfort, so you can venture into solids. ...Read more

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I got my wisdom teeth yanked 5 days ago and have been icing. My cheeks are really dry to the touch. Why?

I got my wisdom teeth yanked 5 days ago and have been icing. My cheeks are really dry to the touch. Why?

From icing: The moisture from the ice is causing the skin to dry. No big deal. Use some lotion on it. No need to keep cold on the area after 5 days. ...Read more

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Wisdom teeth removed 5 days ago - is it normal for pain to increase but only when laying flat?

Wisdom teeth removed 5 days ago - is it normal for pain to increase but only when laying flat?

Call oral surgeon: Typically by the 5th day it should be feeling better. A call to your oral surgeon and a follow up visit can rule out the possibility of a dry socket or other concerns. ...Read more

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Its been 5 days after all 4 of my wisdom teeth have been removed - when can I drink from a straw?

Its been 5 days after all 4 of my wisdom teeth have been removed - when can I drink from a straw?

Probably OK: If you have no outward signs of swelling or pain, it should not be a problem... But then again, since you are under the care of an oral surgeon, ask him/her so that no complications occur, since over the internet we cannot tell how difficult the extractions were or what type of wound you have. ...Read more

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What to do if I got my wisdom teeth removed about 2.5 weeks ago this be bad for my middle/back teeth?

What to do if I got my wisdom teeth removed about 2.5 weeks ago this be bad for my middle/back teeth?

Not at all: Removing wisdom teeth will not adversely affect positions of the other teeth. Nor will it let teeth that are crowded unravel back into the wisdom tooth areas. If wisdom teeth need extraction, have it done, but don't expect positional changes of the other teeth. ...Read more

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What are wisdom teeth for?

What are wisdom teeth for?

No function: Wisdom teeth serve no specific function and you can live without them. ...Read more

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When to take out wisdom teeth?

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. ...Read more

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Does everyone get wisdom teeth?

Does everyone get wisdom teeth?

No: Most do get some wisdom teeth but not everyone, as well some people have unusual numbers of them. I have seen 6 of them and heard of more, and some only have 1. ...Read more

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When do wisdom teeth start to form?

When do wisdom teeth start to form?

Approx. 9 years old: Around age 9, wisdom teeth start to form inside the bone of the upper and lower jaws (maxilla and mandible.). The jaw have a lot more growing to do, so they are not yet at their full density. ...Read more

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How can they take wisdom teeth out?

How can they take wisdom teeth out?

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. ...Read more

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How fast could wisdom teeth erupt?

How fast could wisdom teeth erupt?

Start at about 15: Wisdom teeth eruption can vary on ages, most likely around 15 years old. Whether the wisdom teeth erupt properly is another matter. The teeth can no erupt at all (completely impacted- in bone, bone and tissue;) partially impacted- part way through the tissue or fully erupt. Many people are born these days without wisdom teeth. Should have your dentist monitor as you get to this age. ...Read more

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Could having wisdom teeth out hurt?

Could having wisdom teeth out hurt?

Manageable: During the procedure the discomfort is managed by medications including anesthetics, making the work manageable for you and easier for the surgeon. After the surgery follow your oral surgeon's post-procedure instructions to the letter and again the discomfort will be manageable. One tip, make sure your mouth is healthy and clean before the surgery. ...Read more

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When do wisdom teeth start to grow?

When do wisdom teeth start to grow?

In the bone as buds: By age 12-14 one will see developing tooth buds on the x ray. All of your body is embriologically completely formed at birth except your teeth and your sex organs. A developing tooth forms from a few cells....It is not just down there in the bone waiting to erupt. ...Read more

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Wisdom Teeth (Definition)

Wisdom teeth are the last molars to "come in" to a person's mouth. They usually emerge when someone is 17 to 21 years old. Many wisdom teeth become impacted for lack of room in the mouth, and ...Read more