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Do I have to get my wisdom teeth taken out?

Do I have to get my wisdom teeth taken out?

Wisdom teeth: This is a question for your dentist. Most people in the US get theirs removed. If you don't have room for them in your mouth they will cause your other teeth to shift and move. If you do, then there is normally not a problem. Some people's teeth are sideways or impacted in the jaw. Usually this requires surgical removal.

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I haven't had time to get my wisdom teeth taken care of and they are starting to come in. Is it okay to smoke while they do?

Smoking: The effect on your body from smoking is potentially more harmful that the effect on the erupting wisdom teeth. Smoking can cause oral cancer and other medical problems. Your body, your choice. Btw-smoking will have little or no effect on erupting wisdom teeth in and of itself.

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What to do if i got told I have to get my wisdom teeth cut out, what does this involve?

What to do if i got told I have to get my wisdom teeth cut out, what does this involve?

Third molars: It all depends upon the location of those molars. The extractions may be a simple procedure, or it may involve a more complicated surgery. What you need to do is to see a good oral surgeon who will let you know what exactly will be involved.

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Next spring break I have to get my wisdom teeth out. Spring break is a week long. Wi have to get them all out. Will i be back to normal when school st?

Next spring break I have to get my wisdom teeth out. Spring break is a week long. Wi have to get them all out. Will i be back to normal when school st?

Most likely yes: Pain and swelling following wisdom teeth extraction is usually at its worst 24 – 48 hours after surgery, after that it should subside more and more every day and after 7 days stop.You will get a prescription for the pain management during healing time. Make sure to choose an experience dentist or an oral surgeon for this procedure. Good luck.

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I have to get my wisdom teeth out but i'm absolutely terrified of needles. What would you recommend i do?

I have to get my wisdom teeth out but i'm absolutely terrified of needles. What would you recommend i do?

Teeth & Shots: Talk to your oral surgeon & hopefully he or she can put you at ease about the process. You can always be prescribed an oral anti-anxiety medication the evening before your procedure to allow you to relax. Typically you will have nitrous oxide first (which relaxes you & makes you feel numb), quick & easy IV placement, and then within moments you will fall asleep. You won't feel shots or anything.

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What will happen if I don't get my wisdom teeth taken out?

What will happen if I don't get my wisdom teeth taken out?

Depends: If partially erupted..Likely pain and prob down the road. If fully erupted and in function...Possibly no prob. If not erupted but through bone...May again lead to prob and even decay with out it being erupted. Not erupted, not through bone...Maybe nothing. Each person and situation is diff. Unpredictable, can only be estimated.

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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.

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My dentist said I have to get my wisdom teeth removed beforr they brake through do they do it n the office or do I go somewere else?

My dentist said I have to get my wisdom teeth removed beforr they brake through do they do it n the office or do I go somewere else?

Oral surgeon office: In our pittsburgh based oral surgery office, most of our patients come from referrals from general dentists. Although some general dentists have the training and experience to extract wisdom teeth, oral surgeons are required to have a minimum of 4 years of hospital based surgical training. In general oral surgoens have more experience and expertise in the extraction of impacted wisdom teeth.

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Help! I am scared to get my wisdom teeth out!?

Help! I am scared to get my wisdom teeth out!?

Wisdom teeth: There is no pain during the actual extraction because you will be numb but there will be some discomfort after. Take painkillers as prescribed by your dentist. To minimize further discomfort, use ice packs and warm compresses. Eat soft foods such as gelatin, etc. After the first day, you can rinse with warm salt water to reduce pain and swelling.

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What to expect when i go to get my wisdom teeth out?

What to expect when i go to get my wisdom teeth out?

Depends: Soft diet. Some soreness but if impacted (under the gumline) then greater soreness, occasionally bleeding but if continues - place a moist tea bag (like lipton tea, not green tea) on the site for about 20 minutes with some pressure. Do not smoke, drink from a straw, and no rinsing which creates negative pressure (suction) in the mouth & can pull loose the clot, causing a dry socket.

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Would it be absolutely necessary to get my wisdom teeth out?

Would it be absolutely necessary to get my wisdom teeth out?

Maybe not: Wisdom teeth do not always have to be removed. If the teeth erupt normally, there is no reason to extract them. They will function well in your mouth. Wisdom teeth need to be removed if they are impacted and do not erupt normally. This impaction can be in the bone or the soft tissue. If you get infections in the soft tissue as the wisdom teeth erupt, it may be necessary to extract them.

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I am so afraid to get my wisdom teeth out. Any suggestions to lessen my worries?

I am so afraid to get my wisdom teeth out. Any suggestions to lessen my worries?

Normal: Is always normal to be worry because of the so many stories about wisdom teeth extractions out there, if the dentist or surgeon doing the work knows what is doing and you follow up the instructions properly, there is nothing for you to worry about.

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When do I need to get my wisdom teeth removed?

When do I need to get my wisdom teeth removed?

You missed the ideal: "window" before they are fully formed in late adolescence early adulthood - 17, 18, 19 Y.O. At this point though, if they are in your bite (occluding and aligned properly) without crowding, no periodontal pathology, no other bony pathology (cyst, etc.), able to be cleansed properly, restorable with fillings or crowns, non-abscessed - no worries then. For sure leave them intact!

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What should I do to get my wisdom teeth extracted?

What should I do to get my wisdom teeth extracted?

See a dentist: See a dentist for an evaluation. Sometimes you may be referred to an oral surgeon to have your wisdom teeth removed. Sedation may be a good option if you are apprehensive. Visit www.Nomorewisdomtooth.Com for more information. Good luck.

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How long can it take to get my wisdom teeth removed?

How long can it take to get my wisdom teeth removed?

Every case is unique: Impacted teeth or ones that have extensive root development may take up to an hour+. If only local anesthesia is required 35-40 min. Good luck.

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Going to get my wisdom teeth removed tomorrow. What can I expect?

Going to get my wisdom teeth removed tomorrow. What can I expect?

Depends.: Depending on how many teeth are removed, what their position is (fully erupted, partially impacted, fully impacted, etc..., your post-operative discomfort and time to heal will vary. Your oral surgeon/ dentist should be able to give you a better idea than i can.

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I need to know when is the best time to get my wisdom teeth removed?

I need to know when is the best time to get my wisdom teeth removed?

Now: Since you are 39, if they required removal, the sooner the better. Best advice is to see a board certified oral surgeon for advice, and if needed, treatment.

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What to do if i need to get my wisdom teeth removed soon. What are my options?

What to do if i need to get my wisdom teeth removed soon. What are my options?

Now or Later: If your wisdom teeth are indicated for removal, early removal before the roots are fully developed is the optimal time. At 35, your wisdom teeth are fully developed. Your anesthetic options can be discussed with your dentist or surgeon who will be performing your surgery.

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