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Doctor insights on: Fully Erupted Wisdom Tooth

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Can a fully erupted wisdom tooth move its position omce its erupted for a few years or once its out it stays put?

Can a fully erupted wisdom tooth move its position omce its erupted for a few years or once its out it stays put?

Wisdom teeth: Wisdom teeth once fully erupted tend to stay in the same place as long as there are no other missing teeth in front of it and the opposing teeth are present. However, with missing teeth either next to or in the opposite arch, there can be some drifting over time. ...Read more

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Lower fully erupted wisdom tooth might be extracted only using local. Will it be difficult? I'm an adult and terribly scared. How hard will it be?

Lower fully erupted wisdom tooth might be extracted only using local. Will it be difficult? I'm an adult and terribly scared. How hard will it be?

Discuss: Discuss your concerns with your dentist before treatment. Fully erupted teeth are sometimes easier extractions but regardless you should not feel pain. As long as you are adequately anesthetized the only sensation you should feel is pressure. There are medication options to help with anxiety so talk to your doctor before treatment. ...Read more

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Fully erupted wisdom tooth feels weird. No pain, just weird. I was curious so wiggled it with my hands bit its very hard. Should I worry?

Fully erupted wisdom tooth feels weird. No pain,  just weird. I was curious so wiggled it with my hands bit its very hard. Should I worry?

Wisdom teeth: not always cause problems. If there is enough room they will usually come through like any other teeth into a useful position and cause no problems. Moreover, sometimes these teeth can be a valuable asset to the mouth when healthy and properly aligned. At your next hygiene appointment request panoramic x-ray to evaluate structures that are surrounding your wisdom tooth. ...Read more

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Can extraction of a fully erupted wisdom tooth be done with local anesthesia only?

Can extraction of a fully erupted wisdom tooth be done with local anesthesia only?

Extractions of 3rds: Yes. It is possible but not every general dentist does that procedure. I do it at my office under local anesthesia. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a general dentist extracting fully erupted wisdom tooth and an oral surgeon/maxillofacial doing it?

Additional training: Dentists are trained in school to extract teeth, impacted or not. Oral surgeons are dentists who have specialized with additional years of training in these same procedures. ...Read more

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How long would removal of a fully erupted lower wisdom tooth take under local anesthesia only? Are the lower or upper ones easier/harder to remove?

How long would removal of a fully erupted lower wisdom tooth take under local anesthesia only? Are the lower or upper ones easier/harder to remove?

Wisdom tooth extract: A completely erupted wisdom tooth with short straight roots is usually an easy extraction and can be done quickly. However each tooth is different depending on the orientation, length and shape of the roots. The dentist or oral surgeon who will be doing the extracting has seen the X-ray and your tooth and can best answer your question ...Read more

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Fully erupted bottom wisdom tooth doesn't hurt but it feels strange, like a pressure by my ear. What is it? Scared to have it pulled by dds

Fully erupted bottom wisdom tooth doesn't hurt but it feels strange, like a pressure by my ear. What is it? Scared to have it pulled by dds

TMJ or gum infection: If the lower wisdom tooth is fully erupted it's still possible to have gum infection around the back part of tooth which could cause pressure to ear. You could have a TMJ problem which would give the sensation of pressure in around the ear. Do you have any clicking, popping or pain in front of ear when chewing? Do you get headaches on that side? You need to see dds to diagnose problem so it do. ...Read more

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Fully erupted lower right wisdom tooth has infection. Dentist gave me penicillin but I do not want it pulled. What can be done? Strange feeling by ear

Fully erupted lower right wisdom tooth has infection. Dentist gave me penicillin but I do not want it pulled. What can be done? Strange feeling by ear

Where is infection?: If the tooth is infected, in my opinion you need to have the tooth removed. A wisdom tooth is not worth doing root canal therapy and crown restoration unless you have missing teeth and you need the tooth to help restore your mouth. If it is the gum tissue that is infected, then trying to keep the area clean will help prevent recurring infections. Possible minor gum surgery may be needed also. ...Read more

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