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Wisdom Teeth (Definition)

Wisdom teeth are the last or 3rd molars to erupt in the mouth. It usually occurs around ages 17-21 and many become impacted for lack of room. Wisdom teeth are the hardest to reach, clean, and have restorative done to. This is the main reason for ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of my wisdom teeth coming?

What are the symptoms of my wisdom teeth coming?

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 more

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Dealing with Wisdom Teeth (Checklist)

See dentist/oral surgeon for evaluation
Once
Have wisdom teeth extracted if unable to maintain or impacted
Once
Take NSAIDs if dealing with pain/swelling from wisdom teeth
Daily
Rinse with warm salty water if experiencing gum swelling around teeth
Daily
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What are the symptoms of wisdom teeth coming in?

What are the symptoms of wisdom teeth coming in?

Headache and jawpain: Pericornitis (painful wisdom teeth) includes swelling of gums, biting your cheek, pain on the face around the ear, difficulty opening, and tight muscles. Take over the counter pain relievers and apply ice pack to side of face. Visit the dentist as soon as possible to evaluate for extraction. ...Read more

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How long will it take for me to feel the symptoms of wisdom teeth?

How long will it take for me to feel the symptoms of wisdom teeth?

It may vary: What patients may feel or experience with wisdom teeth, whether they are erupting into the mouth or trying to erupt into the mouth may vary from tooth to tooth. Likewise, the same may be true with their removal. ...Read more

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Dealing with Wisdom Teeth (Checklist)

If they're malpositioned or impacted discuss removal with your dentist
Once
Make sure you take care of them like any other tooth in the mouth
Once
If removal becomes necessary, see an oral surgeon for consultation
Once
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Can my wisdom teeth be the reason I have TMJ symptoms?

Yes: Problems with wisdom teeth can present with symptoms that mimic TMJ symptoms with ear pain, headaches. Limited opening, etc. ...Read more

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Can broken or infected wisdom teeth cause flu like symptoms?

Can broken or infected wisdom teeth cause flu like symptoms?

Yes: Flu-like symptoms tend to be kinda vague generally sick feelings. If you have an infection anywhere in your body, especially somewhere close to your neck where there are a lot of lymph nodes to get tender, it can definitely cause you to feel sick. See your dentist to get the wisdom teeth taken care of. ...Read more

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Dealing with Wisdom Teeth (Checklist)

If partially erupted, keep them clean to prevent a local infection
Once
If erupted but endangering other teeth, have them removed
Once
If impacted, have them checked yearly for cysts & if found remove
Yearly
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My dentist said that my wisdom teeth look good and neednot be removed. Could them cutting through cause jaw and temple pain?

My dentist said that my wisdom teeth look good and neednot be removed. Could them cutting through cause jaw and temple pain?

Yes: If your wisdom teeth are erupting, there can be pain in your jaw and temple. Just because they are coming in doesn't mean they need to be removed. Try taking Ibuprofen for pain. If you aren't sure what your dentist said, ask for further explanation or seek a 2nd opinion. ...Read more

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