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Aside from possibly making teeth crooked, do wisdom teeth usually DAMAGE the roots of the other teeth?(assuming they aren't growing in correctly.)

Aside from possibly making teeth crooked, do wisdom teeth usually DAMAGE the roots of the other teeth?(assuming they aren't growing in correctly.)

They might: Impacted and malpositioned wisdom teeth are often tucked in and touching the distal root of the second molar. This area is almost impossible to floss, brush, and keep clean, resulting in root caries on the second molar. In the end, the wisdom tooth still needs to be extracted to restore the second molar. If they are impacted, extract them... they will never do you any good. ...Read more

Dr. Cornelius O'Leary Jr
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Wisdom Teeth (Definition)

Wisdom teeth are the last molars to "come in" to a person's mouth. They usually emerge when someone is 17 to 21 years old. Many wisdom teeth become impacted for lack of room in the mouth, and ...Read more


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I had my two bottom wisdom teeth removed and both had 4 curly roots, I thought wisdom teeth only had 2 roots.

I had my two bottom wisdom teeth removed and both had 4 curly roots, I thought wisdom teeth only had 2 roots.

Many possibilities..: Each molar tooth can be slightly different. Some have one root, others multiple roots. It really all depends on the genetics of their formation. ...Read more

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My bottom wisdom teeth roots are wrapped around the facial nerve, so they can't be removed. So, what can I do for pain from my wisdom teeth?

My bottom wisdom teeth roots are wrapped around the facial nerve, so they can't be removed. So, what can I do for pain from my wisdom teeth?

Coronectomy: is a surgical option for impacted lower wisdom tooth in close proximity to the inferior alveolar nerve. A coronectomy is a procedure in which only the crown of a lower wisdom tooth is removed, leaving the root intact. For your information inferior alveolar nerve is a branch of the trigeminal nerve, not facial. Respectfully. ...Read more

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Are most general/family dentists capable of extracting or qualified to extract wisdom teeth unless they are impacted or have complicated roots?

Are most general/family dentists capable of extracting or qualified to extract wisdom teeth unless they are impacted or have complicated roots?

Depends : Some general dentist are more experienced in teeth removal. The general dentist shouldn't go beyond his ability. He should be able to evaluate the situation and refer if he is aware that the case is beyond his ability. ...Read more

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How long does the pain last after a wisdom tooth extraction? I've read that wisdom teeth have bigger roots, so extraction is harder than for other teeth. Does that mean it also hurts longer? I'm having mine out soon, but my oral surgeon wouldn't tell me h

How long does the pain last after a wisdom tooth extraction? I've read that wisdom teeth have bigger roots, so extraction is harder than for other teeth. Does that mean it also hurts longer? I'm having mine out soon, but my oral surgeon wouldn't tell me h

3-4 days: For most people and usually well controlled with a moderately strong pain-killer like vicodin. More severe pain that resists vicodin on or after the 3rd day particularly on the lower jaw must be checked for "dry socket." if present, socket will have to be dressed for pain control. ...Read more

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Is it something to worry about, if part of bone broke & came out with molar extraction? (not wisdom teeth) my upper molar back was broken & decaying & needed removing. The dentist removed it, but had a difficult time. He said the tooth & roots were emb

Is it something to worry about, if part of bone broke & came out with molar extraction?  (not wisdom teeth) my upper molar back was broken & decaying & needed removing.  The dentist removed it, but had a difficult time.  He said the tooth & roots were emb

Usually not: The bone overlying the roots of upper molars in the upper jaw can sometimes be very thin and some bone can be attached to the roots of teeth when they are removed. In most instances if there is only a small amount of bone that broke, it will usually heal without any additional treatment. If there is a sharp area that does not resolve after a period of healing, the area may require treatment. ...Read more

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When to take out wisdom teeth?

Every mouth differs: Not every wisdom tooth needs to come out. Some come into your mouth is a good position that allows you to keep it clean and use it. Others come in at bad angles, or in positions that don't allow it to be kept clean. If they do need to be removed, it is better to have them out while you are still young. The older we get the harder our bone gets, so the extractions can be harder to do. ...Read more

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Does everyone get wisdom teeth?

Does everyone get wisdom teeth?

No: Most do get some wisdom teeth but not everyone, as well some people have unusual numbers of them. I have seen 6 of them and heard of more, and some only have 1. ...Read more

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