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Decaying Wisdom Tooth Symptoms
My left bottom wisdom tooth is decayed and needs to be removed. Should the top one that is healthy be removed too?
My wisdom tooth has really bad decay, more that half has chipped/broken off will extraction still be possible like normal?
Normal?: Any tooth can be extracted or removed. How difficult it is to remove depends upon many factors such as angle of tooth, position of adjacent teeth, amount of tooth structure left, vitality of tooth, age of patient, skill of surgeon, etc. It sounds like extraction is likely and advisable and best to be seen by an Oral Surgeon. ...Read more
Yes, but: There are many other possible causes as well. Even if you had a fresh smelling mouth, you need to repair or extract the wisdom tooth. Personally, I would care more about pain, swelling and spread of infection! ...Read more
I have hard lump behind my uvula what is it? Could it be related to my wisdom tooth which is decaying?
Immed attn required: Get to an oral surgeon immediately to have this lesion evaluated & probably biopsied. If it is directly behind ur uvula, it may have nothing to do with wisdom teeth. ...Read more
I have a hard lump behind my uvula what is it? Could it be related to my decaying wisdom tooth that might be infected?
Not likely: You should see your dentist or an ENT for an evaluation. ...Read more
I have a hole in my back bottom wisdom tooth but there is no decay I am terrified of dentist can I get it filled without drill or needles?
My lower left wisdom tooth is grossly decayed and broken off at gum line. How will the dentist remove it? Well it be easier or harder on me?
Oral Surgeon: An oral surgeon has years of experience and training to tackle these types of extractions. Don't fret, you will be just fine. It should be no different than extracting any other tooth. ...Read more
Had a part of my gum grow over decayed wisdom tooth. Now the gum feels like food stuck in my teeth, but looks like a ball hanging & about to fall off.
See your dentist:
This is called a pericoronal flap, and it is common over lower wisdom teeth. It is also an area for food entrapment and infection.
See your dentist or an oral surgeon to have either the tissue or the tooth removed. ...Read more
Wisdom tooth problem. Cant extract now. Tooth decay started. How should I maintain my teeth until I extract and fix the decay?
Wisdom tooth: You need to talk to your dentist about the wisdom tooth problem and follow his/her recommendation. If the tooth is erupted and functional then perhaps a filling may treat the problem. If extraction is needed do this asap since delay will only make the problem worse. ...Read more
My wisdom tooth is decayed can this be the reason why I keep getting a buzzing pain in my ear on the same side?
Unlikely: Unlikely source of buzzing. See ENT doc for buzzing. See oral surgeon for wisdom tooth. For best results with wisdom teeth, make sure you are evaluated and treated by a board certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon. ...Read more
I have ITP (105k), and need to extract a decayed wisdom tooth. When molar was extracted, took 2 hours and stitches to reduce bleed. Is this risky?
Number is good: But not the sole factor, other routine precautions such as stopping drugs like blood thinners, aspirin, NSAIDs, etc., are important together with being fit for surgery anyhow. Ideally your dentist/dental surgeon should confer with your doctor before the procedure, good luck ...Read more
I have a bad toothache & the wisdom tooth it's decayed and broken which is better to get root canal or extraction? Dentist gave me those 2 options
Extraction: It's very rare to see someone in their later years that have wisdom teeth. They are typically hard to clean and difficult to work on. I would suggest an extraction and not spend the money on it. Unless your dentist has a very specific reason to keep it, I would recommend having it out. Best of luck! ...Read more
Pain ; swelling: Most common symptoms of infected wisdom teeth are pain, swelling, sore lymph nodes under the lower jaw, feeling warm to the touch on the outside of the face, pain upon pressure on the affected area gum / tooth. ...Read more
Why do some people are wisdom tooth and some do not have any? Are this born with it, primary symptom?
Genetic drift: Our stone-aged ancestors wore teeth down, so wisdom teeth were necessary replacements. We don't wear our teeth severely, and are faces are getting smaller over time, so Mother Nature started the natural selection process of congenitally missing teeth. Modern Dentistry has allowed us to get around a lot of these problems. See your Dentist for advice. ...Read more
Coincidence: Both those teeth and Schizophrenia most often appear between 17 and 25 - so there's probably folklore about a connection. Almost certainly there is no actual physical connection. However, in a young adult facing the often terrifying emergence of psychosis any severe pain might be exaggerated to an extreme and even misinterpreted through the thinking disorder. How much can range from zero to lots. ...Read more
Patch of cobblestoney whiteness/veins near wisdom tooth. Is this a symptom of a wisdom tooth about to protude out?
Needs Examination: Any lesion that has not cleared up on its own within a two week period should be examined by a dentist or physician. Please call to make an appointment. It is hard to diagnose such problems over the internet. ...Read more
My lower left wisdom tooth was extracted 7 days ago. Will the symptoms that I had such as difficult swallowing be gone? Will I recover?
Wisdom teeth: Your case sounds like the tooth was infected before it was removed. Difficulty swallowing is a red flag, and even with treatment, it takes time to heal. However, in these cases, no matter when that difficulty swallowing occurred, you must be followed closely for persistent or recurrent infection. When any airway or swallowing difficulties are present, you are best served by seeing an oral surgeon ...Read more
I have had an impacted wisdom tooth for yrs w/o issues. Can see more tooth then gum. Started having pain while biting down only. No other symptoms.
DDS?: Ask your DDS if equilibration is the answer ...Read more
Are there any herbs or medication to help heal tongue paresthesia from wisdom tooth removal after 3 months of symptoms?
If a wisdom tooth is trying to come through but can't due to the back molars being there can this cause dizziness lightheaded? Had these symptoms.
Wisdom teeth: No. Impacted wisdom teeth are not likely to make you dizzy. They can be potentially painful and depending upon the level of impaction may lead to infection, but it is likely that your lightheadedness is from a different cause. Best to consult your doctor. ...Read more
Not likely: If it is a true trigeminal neuralgia, it will not respond to tooth extraction. However, if pain is due to diseased tooth, it will cure it. A cat scan of the area can sometimes show if the tooth is pressing on the nerve and if it does, or if the tooth is decaying, then an extraction will help. Otherwise, treatment of trigeminal neuralgia involves drugs, such as tegretol, baclofen, as well as botox. ...Read more
I've had a rolling sharp pain in my jaw/cheek with similar symptoms as neurovascular orofacial pain, could it be my wisdom tooth or due to a nerve?
Only one way: Only 1 way to find out. Seek consultation with your family Dentist or, preferably, a wisdom tooth specialist, an Oral Surgeon. There may be a lot more going on than just a wisdom tooth problem. Time to go find out. ...Read more
I had my lower wisdom tooth extracted because I developed life threatening symptoms such as breathing aspiration and difficulty swallowing.?
The rule of thumb: When wisdom teeth cause problems, they need to come out. ...Read more
Impacted teeth: It sounds like your wisdom teeth could be partially impacted, or covered with gum. You need to see your dentist or an oral surgeon asap to have it looked at. ...Read more
Can a lower wisdom tooth that is fully through produce "allergy" symptoms? Gums inflamed &lymph under chin up&down, ear that side clogged, nose stuffy
Partly: An impacted lower wisdom teeth may get infected and cause the lymph node enlargement but one won'd expect it to affect the ears and nose. I agree with the other doctors that you likely suffer from allergy however. ...Read more
What's your: Lifestyle? If you need to have your wisdom tooth (teeth) removed, discuss this issue with the surgeon who will be actually treating you. ...Read more