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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

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Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...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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When do wisdom teeth start to form?

When do wisdom teeth start to form?

Approx. 9 years old: Around age 9, wisdom teeth start to form inside the bone of the upper and lower jaws (maxilla and mandible.) .The jaw have a lot more growing to do, so they are not yet at their full density. ...Read more

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How can they take wisdom teeth out?

How can they take wisdom teeth out?

Depends: Depends on the tooth position. If fully erupted in the mouth - simple extraction. If impacted, may need a gum flap, removal of bone, and sectioning of the tooth. ...Read more

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How fast could wisdom teeth erupt?

How fast could  wisdom teeth erupt?

Start at about 15: Wisdom teeth eruption can vary on ages, most likely around 15 years old. Whether the wisdom teeth erupt properly is another matter. The teeth can no erupt at all (completely impacted- in bone, bone and tissue;) partially impacted- part way through the tissue or fully erupt. Many people are born these days without wisdom teeth. Should have your dentist monitor as you get to this age. ...Read more

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Could having wisdom teeth out hurt?

Could having wisdom teeth out hurt?

Manageable: During the procedure the discomfort is managed by medications including anesthetics, making the work manageable for you and easier for the surgeon. After the surgery follow your oral surgeon's post-procedure instructions to the letter and again the discomfort will be manageable. One tip, make sure your mouth is healthy and clean before the surgery. ...Read more

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When do wisdom teeth start to grow?

When do wisdom teeth start to grow?

In the bone as buds : By age 12-14 one will see developing tooth buds on the x ray. All of your body is embriologically completely formed at birth except your teeth and your sex organs. A developing tooth forms from a few cells....It is not just down there in the bone waiting to erupt. ...Read more

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At what age do wisdom teeth grow in?

At what age do wisdom teeth grow in?

Wisdom teeth: Wisdom teeth generally erupt between the ages of 17 and 21, but can come in earlier or later. It is best to monitor this through clinical exams and x-rays with a dentist to evaluate whether or not there is room for them to come in or if they need to be removed when it is easier and has less associated risk. Consult with an Oral Surgeon, or your General Dentist. ...Read more

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Can wisdom teeth never stop growing?

Can wisdom teeth never stop growing?

No: No, they will erupt until the contact the opposing tooth. If no opposing tooth, may erupt til hits the gum on the opposing jaw. If you have a wisdom tooth problem, the best person to see for evaluation is an oral & maxillofacial surgeon. ...Read more

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When do wisdom teeth usually come in?

When do wisdom teeth usually come in?

Wisdom teeth.: The wisdom teeth erupt when they are ready to. Usually between 15yrs and 20 yrs. There is no exact time for them to come in only a range of years. ...Read more

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Why do my wisdom teeth hurt so badly?

Why do my wisdom teeth hurt so badly?

Because: they're so far back in your mouth, wisdom teeth may not come in normally. If you are experiencing pain, swollen gums, lymph nodes and it does not go away or if you find it difficult to open your mouth, you should see a dentist for evaluation, x-ray and wisdom teeth removal. ...Read more

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When do wisdom teeth usually grow in?

13-25: Varies widely. Wisdom teeth are most safely removed by mid teens. Make sure teens have wisdom teeth assessed by oral surgeon by midteens for expert advice. ...Read more

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Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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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