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Compacted Wisdom Teeth
Can compacted wisdom teeth and infections for a year cause shotty nodes in neck and armpit? Been on antibiotics twice need to be removed very costly
Misplaced priorities: Antibiotics will limit spread of infection as long as they are being taken, but will not cure a dental infection. Stop taking pills ; infection comes right back. That said, there's nothing more important than your health. You have infection spreading through your entire body. Your health is more important than computer connectivity. Choose your health first. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Recovery/immune syst: If you develop problems with the other wisdom teeth at a later time, then you will have to undergo all the procedures again. If one tooth is taken out, then the other extractions may take longer to heal, the bone can get denser and thicker (if a long time between extractions,) and one surgery is just more efficient for you and the Dr. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: If the other tooth is a wisdom tooth that opposes the one being removed, and no longer in function or a tooth compromised with decay or periodontal problem, it should be removed. If you are referring to another tooth that is not a wisdom tooth your dentist or surgeon can provide you with advice after evaluating any compromised teeth that are not restorable. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: The length of time for the healing to be complete depends upon the type of extraction- impacted/bone/soft tissue/sectioning/infection/etc. A "normal" healing period is approximately 10 days to two weeks, but everyone is different. If questions, make calls and ask questions. Also, be sure to accurately follow post-op instructions. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My wisdom teeth have been "erupting" for over 4 years now and none of them has surfaced. Is this ok?
Wisdom teeth: Used to fit in our mouths millions of years ago. Since then our brains have gotten bigger and our jaws have gotten smaller so for many people they do not fit. If they fit allow them to come in. If they don't fit have them extracted. Your dentist can help decide the right choice for you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Tenderness & swellin: Slight tenderness and swelling in the area behind your 2nd molars may indicate that your third molars/wisdom teeth coming in. You may also see a corner of the tooth begin to appear behind the 2nd molar. If you can see a portion of the tooth it is more likely that food and debris can accumulate under the soft tissue flap and cause inflammation. Keep the area very clean & rinse with salt water. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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