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How Many Roots Does A Wisdom Tooth Have
Tooth roots: Wisdom teeth can vary in their size, shape and number of roots. Some teeth may be very small but other can be gigantic. A good x-ray should tell your dentist the proper number. I have seen some teeth with one root (may or not be fused together) to one with more than 7 separate roots. Frequently when there are more roots, the extraction can be more complicated and/or take longer. Hope this helps. ...Read more
How far would the roots of a wisdom tooth grow in a 27 y/o person? At what point does the roots stop growing?
No: Most wisdom teeth have 2 or 3 roots. Having 4 roots is less common but not rare. ...Read more
Had root canal 4 day ago. Hurt to chew on that side. Normal? Rt lower wisdom tooth--endodontist. Had wicked roots! He saved crown over tooth. Wait?
It's always best to: Call the dentist, or in this case the endodontist, who actually treated you to find out what you should expect, how long to expect it for, and whether or not you should wait it out or come back to have the tooth re-evaluated. Having some discomfort 4 days after treatment is not uncommon but each day should be better than the previous one. ...Read more
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
OTC and DDS: You will need to see your dentist in order to determine whether or not the tooth needs to be removed. Actually, it may be an adjacent tooth that in fact is causing the problem. Only a dentist after an examination and an x-ray or two can determine the cause of your pain. In the meantime, take some advil, motrin, aleve (naproxen) or what you would normally take for a headache. Salt water rinses may also help. ...Read more
Variety of reasons: Most often it it because they can't erupt properly, many times they erupt partially causing food to get stuck under your gums, where they have not erupted causing an infection. Also this can make it hard to clean and many times they get cavities in them that are unrestorable or can cause damage to the teeth next to them. There is also a higher incidence of cysts around unerupted wisdom teeth. ...Read more
Yes: Any tooth can chip or crack and end up with a sharp edge. In fact, this is very common, especially as we get older and have chewed with our teeth for many decades. If the chip is small, it an be smoothed and polished. If it's larger, it can be repaired. However, specifically for wisdom teeth, it's usually easier and more predictable just to remove the tooth. You'll never miss it. ...Read more
Manageable: With proper administration of anastasia, be it general or local, the removal procedure can be painless. Post treatment pain management can be controlled to a mild level with proper pain medications. Further, following your surgeons post operative care instruction carefully is important. Depending on the extraction type, erupted, soft tissue or boney removal will also be a factor. ...Read more
In many cases, if wisdom teeth come in crooked, or erupt only partially, it is because there is not enough room for them.
Wisdom teeth are rarely if ever included in orthodontic correction, and are usually indicated to be removed. ...Read more
Quite a while: The wisdom tooth (or third molar) starts forming in the mandible behind the second molar at about age 12. The tooth slowly forms the crown and roots over many years. If there is room, the tooth will start to erupt into the mouth around age 18. The tooth can partially erupt, completely erupt, or not erupt at all into the mouth. The dentist will have to determine what treatment each case requires. ...Read more
Possibly: Growing wisdom teeth is normal. It may go along with pain and discomfort or it may be painless (like mine). You don't really need them for chewing. They are hard to take care of and may rotten fairly easily because of that. Sometimes they are removed with the scope of prevention of caries. ...Read more
Variable: Variable. At your age, you may already have problems undetected. You may never have problems. Best advice: see a board certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon for exam/recommendations. ...Read more
You'll know: One why is to see swelling around the area where the tooth iserupting. You can also rub your finger (after washing your hands) in that area and see if there are "bumps" under the gum. Many times having erupting wisdom teeth is not the most pleasant experience y pain and swelling are not uncommon. ...Read more
See a dentist: When wisdom teeth cause problems, they need to come out. If you are experiencing pain, swollen 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
Depends: The decision to remove or not remove a wisdom tooth will depend upon the position of the tooth, and if any pathology or potential for pathology is present associated with the wisdom tooth or adjacent structures. The decision can only be made after a clinical examination with the appropriate radiographs or studies to allow visualization of the entire tooth by a dental professional. ...Read more
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