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Do Wisdom Teeth Need To Be Removed
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Depends: The most common indications for removal of teeth are when they cannot be treated and/or restored, or if the cost of treatment is not cost effective. Decay and periodontal disease are two of the most common causes. Other indications may include impacted teeth, malpositioned teeth and/or teeth indicated for removal as part of an orthodontic treatment plan. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes.: Sure there are some folks who have impacted wisdom teeth their whole lives without ever having them removed, but do you want to risk having to deal with an infected or cystic wisdom tooth at at later age? If you've been told they need to come out and the reasons are clear, do it while you are young. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Would be good idea..: Hopefully an oral surgeon is the one performing the procedure for you - they are the experts in this and can offer the most efficient and smooth procedure. With respect to requiring sedation, it is not an absolute necessity. However, in my chicago practice, ora oral surgery & implant studio, i rarely perform the procedure without some form of sedation. Sedation makes the whole process very easy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not usually: In most cases, wisdom teeth that are not causing pain or swelling of the gum can be left alone. Even so, a dentist should evaluate them on x-ray to make sure they are not damaging other teeth or the jaw. If not, it may be fine to keep them and have them evaluated by your dentist periodically. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Ice, rest and meds: Apply an ice pack to your face as soon as the procedure is over. If possible, place an ice chest in your car to hold ice packs. Take the prescribed medication as directed. Ask the dentist if you can take ibuprophen to decrease swelling. Obey the four s's : no sucking from straw, slurping from spoon, smoking, or steamy hot foods for 24 hours. Keep your head elevated and rest. Best of luck! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
The laryngeal mask: The removal of impacted teeth is a serious surgical procedure and Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are extensively trained to appropriately preformed the surgery and anesthesia. The laryngeal mask is increasingly being used in this type of surgery. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Painless: With a combination of knowledge, expertise, kindness, proper anesthesia and gentleness, dentists can do a lot to make your wisdom teeth surgery uneventful, pleasant, painless and stress free. The key to successful and uneventful recovery from wisdom teeth surgery is appropriate anesthesia and finding the right dentist/surgeon. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
2 cavities. Both lower 2nd molars. No wisdom teeth. No insurance. Do I need to be concerned about shifting if I get them extracted? Need to get fixed.
To extract or not?: Hi there, I noticed that you are 24 years old, much too young to be losing teeth. It would be best for you to visit a dentist for a comprehensive exam so that you can make an informed decision. To answer your Q, yes teeth can shift and the opposing teeth will erupt. Extracting a restorable tooth may seem like a good idea now because money is scarce, but replacing it later will be much more costly. ...Read more
No: But it is advisable. You can have a local and it is simply more traumatic. Oral surgeons use short acting anesthetics to have you out while the procedure is done and then easily awakened. It also depends how badly the tooth is impacted. If it is badly impacted you do not want to be awake while the doctor digs it out. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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