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Fully Erupted Wisdom Tooth
Can a fully erupted wisdom tooth move its position omce its erupted for a few years or once its out it stays put?
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
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
Is there any reason why a fully erupted wisdom tooth can't be removed with local anesthetic only if that is what the pt prefers/is comfortable with?
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
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
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
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
Too big for arch: If there is not enough room the wisdom teeth will not fully erupt. ...Read more
For the past few weeks my upper right wisdom tooth has started to erupt. How long does it take for a wisdom tooth to grow fully?
Hard to say: Wisdom teeth usually take a long time to erupt fully into the mouth. It's a start and stop process, more of an interval eruption, rather than a continuous eruption. It may be painful for a couple days, then it doesn't hurt for a week; then it's a couple days or week, then nothing. It's hard to predict when they will be in or stop aching. ...Read more
Lower right wisdom tooth doesn't hurt but is sensitive to touch, fully erupted for years. Will general dentist have hard time pulling? Local used only
It depends: A completely erupted wisdom tooth certainly will make a extraction easier. Some general dentist are very skilled at extractions and some don't do extractions. So talk to your dentist about your particular tooth. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Swelling: If you mean swelling after extraction. I would say the swelling is different for each person but usually starts to diminish after the 3rd or 4th day. You can safely use some hot damp compresses (damp hot towels) to help relieve the swelling and discomfort. Also complete your medicine. ...Read more
Hi. On Tuesday I got a standard dental cleaning. Now today the gum behind my lower left wisdom tooth which is fully erupted and not impacted is swolle?
No worries: No worries...this is a common thing to happen around a back wisdom tooth area due to the type of tissue and how it will heal from a cleaning vs other areas. Not to say that the hygienist might have been a little to thorough in that area but I would clean/floss as normal, take some IBU for inflammation and do a warm salt rinse 2x per day until better (1-3days) ...Read more
I'm getting my upper left wisdom tooth out. Will they have to cut my gum to get the rest of the tooth that hasn't fully come out yet?
I have a small flap of gum behind a fully grown wisdom tooth. The tooth itself give me no troubles, is this little piece of loose gum normal?
Common, yes....: Common, yes...but whether or not it's "normal" and requires no treatment or perhaps might require some treatment depends upon the position of your wisdom tooth, the opposing teeth, the bite and the periodontal condition. Have your own dentist evaluate this for you. ...Read more
My wisdom tooth is growing & when I stick my tongue to feel it, I feel an open flap that is rather painful. Will this resolve itself once the tooth fully grows?
See your dentist: In many cases wisdom teeth should be extracted due to complications associated with the presence of tooth decay. It is a common procedure, generally performed under local anesthesia, intravenous (IV) sedation, or general anesthesia by a specially trained dentist or oral surgeon. Often extracting a wisdom tooth is the best solution. See your dentist for x-ray and evaluation. ...Read more
The gum facing my tongue on my lower left fully grown wisdom tooth has become loose, slight discomfort but only when messed with, thoughts?
Wisdom teeth: Sometimes wisdom teeth are valuable asset when healthy and properly aligned, but more often, they are misaligned and require removal. The removal of wisdom teeth is one of the most common procedures. See your dentist for evaluation, x-rays and treatment. ...Read more
After a wisdom tooth extraction - assuming the tooth was fully erupted - how long does it take for the extraction site to heal?
Wound healing: With the understanding that each case is different from both a dental and medical standpoint here are some basic guidelines. Gums will heal over in about 10 days to 2 weeks, although the gum may still feel somewhat tender for longer. Bone maturation takes 8-12 weeks generally. ...Read more
Is it possible for a wisdom tooth to be stuck inside the jaw bone and can't fully erupt on it's own?
Teeth is the failure of the wisdom teeth to erupt fully into the mouth, because of the lack of space, wrong direction of the eruption or misalignment. The wisdom teeth could be partially impacted or fully impacted.
Rec.: see your dentist for evaluation, imaging, treatment or referral to an oral surgeon to avoid future complications. ...Read more
Hey I have a fully grown wisdom tooth which keeps on poking my tongue. ..Is it safe to just leave it the way it is or should I consult a dentist? Thx
Consult: You should consult a dentist. Wisdom teeth in general have potential for complications due to location and shape of them. Most of the time it's better to remove them before they give you problems. As we get older healing process slow down so if they need to be removed sooner is better than later. ...Read more
Muscles: Likely still some inflammation in the muscles from the surgery. You can massage them carefully, soak them with mouthful of warm water inside followed by hot compresses outside. Can also take alleve or Ibuprofen to help with inflammation. Call your surgeon and report this and ask for special recommendations. Good luck. ...Read more
I had a wisdom tooth pulled 4 days ago. I'm still in pain and my jaw won't stop popping. It opens fully with difficulty and pain. Dislocation?
It's been 5 days since lower wisdom tooth extraction and I am still having difficulty opening my mouth fully. Is this normal?
1 week since my wisdom tooth is extracted, is it possible for a dental cleaning even if I can't fully open my mouth? Can they make some fillings on?
Scared of wisdom tooth extraction :i'm scared of blood, drilling sounds, etc. I will be fully awake but obviously numbed.
Me too: No one likes having dental procedures done. Very normal to be apprehensive. More than anything, it's fear of the unknown. But you oral surgeon has done this literally thousands of times. Call the office ahead of time. Express your concerns. Ask for suggestions. It also alerts them that you may require just a little extra chair time to assure your complete comfort. ...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
Remove it: At the age of 37 and having a partially erupted wisdom tooth, the tooth should be considered for removal as the potential for periodontal and decay problems is high. ...Read more
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