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Is There Damage To The Jaw When Getting An Impacted Wisdom Tooth Removed
Jaw Damage: It is possible to have damage to the jaw, but that is rare. Normally during an extraction the oral surgeon or dentist will only remove bone that keeps the wisdom tooth from coming out on its own. After about 2 months the bone will fill in to the empty socket where the tooth was and any bone that needed to be removed. A few months later you wont be able to tell a tooth was even there. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
An impacted tooth is one that is for one of many reasons unable to erupt into the oral cavity: they may be vertical, horizontal, in bone, impacted in soft tissue (gum/gingiva), it may be due to local pathology i.e. Proximity to an extra tooth or undifferentiated mass of tooth like tissue or an "odontoma", it can be due to crowding, and usually it is a wisdom tooth that lacks ...Read more
How common is nerve damage from lower wisdom tooth removal? Is risk lower if teeth have erupted significantly thru gums?
Paresthesia: In regards to wisdom tooth extractions, a patient's risk for experiencing paresthesia is related to the positional relationship between their tooth its associated nerves. Extractions where the roots are not fully formed (younger patients) are less problematic than extractions in adults where the roots are fully formed and near the inferior alveolar nerve. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is it possible for a wisdom tooth to be stuck inside the jaw bone and can't fully erupt on it's own?
Impacted wisdom: 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
For what reason can't a dentist simply remove the second molar just before the wisdom tooth instead of removing the wisdom tooth that is impacted?
Second molars: He\she can. However, the wisdom tooth would rarely move into the same position previously occupied by the second molar, thereby creating spaces and potential caries and periodontal problems. We wish it were that simple and easy. The wisdom teeth are usually smaller and due to their root formation, less stable and strong. Timing would be crucial when this is attempted. Orthodontics might be needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it possible to perform an operculectomy to remove gum tissue on impacted wisdom tooth if only a very small portion of the tooth is visible?
Operculectomy: An operculectomy is ideal for a tooth that is fully rupted and the back half of the tooth still has a small flap covering it. If the tooth is not fully erupted but still impacted, then removal may be the treatment of choice. And dental exam should be requested to make sure the right treatment is done. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Can removing the tooth next to a partially erupted wisdom tooth allow for the wisdom tooth to grow in normally on its own? Or will it need cut out?
Why: why remove a healthy a symptomatic fully functional tooth in the hopes that a smaller tipped rotated tooth will magically take its place. At best you would need many months of Orthodontic treatment to bring it into place. Ask your Dentist to evaluate and advise. Examination by a wisdom tooth expert, an oral Surgeon, may be advisable. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Front tooth extracted and canine removed from palate. No damage to nerves but had bone graft. The 2 teeth next to extracted tooth are loose. Normal?
If 2nd molar is removed and wisdom tooth is not out yet would the wisdom tooth shift to where the 2nd molar was ?
Yes: An impacted tooth can be the source of referred pain as well as a direct cause of pain with other teeth. A partially exposed impacted tooth adjacent to a tooth can be difficult to clean which can lead to gum problems and decay in the wisdom tooth as well as the adjacent tooth. An impacted tooth can also cause resorption/destruction of roots of adjacent teeth. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Had wisdom tooth removed on 7th, today is 20th. Does the wisdom removal make my jaw weaker? Will external pressure or blow from outside, damage jaw?
My bottom wisdom tooth is infected from the inside even though there are no cavities. It needs a canal or extraction. Which is better?
RCT or EXT?: 99% of the time it would not make sense to invest the time and money to perform a root canal therapy on wisdom teeth. There are some unique exceptions when there are other missing teeth, the tooth is otherwise full erupted, in good position and might be essential either now or in the future and better to retain. Your own dentist would be the one to discuss your options and why he\she advises it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My partially erupted wisdom tooth has swollen gum covering one side of the tooth. Is it time for it to get taken out?
Wisdom teeth: Wisdom teeth that are not able to emerge normally become impacted or trapped within the jaw. If they emerge partially through the the gums a passageway is created and can become infected. Some dentists recommend removing them if they don't fully emerge or if they grow near the nerve of the lower jaw. Some believe that it is better to remove them early. See your dentist for exam and his opinion ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Post op pain: You may just be dealing with some aggressive post operative pain associated with the difficult extraction. Impacted teeth tend to require the removal of bone and require more healing time than erupted teeth. If its been over a week and there's still pain or more pain, contact your dental surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it possible for an upper wisdom tooth to shift after it already erupted into the gums? I was told it shifted towards palate can dentist remove it?
Is there a difference between an impacted and infected wisdom tooth? I need to have my wisdom teeth removed and was told that they're impacted. Is that the same thing as being infected?
An : An impacted tooth is one that has not fully erupted into the mouth and is, to some degree, still covered gum tissue and / or bone. A fully impacted tooth is completely covered by bone. An impacted tooth does not necessarily have to be infected, but it extremely common that partially impacted are subject to recurrent gum infections that are termed "pericoronitis". This is an indication for extraction. An impacted tooth does not necessarily have to be more difficult to extract than an erupted tooth for two reasons: 1. An impacted tooth may not have completed root formation. Besides having less tooth structure to remove, partially formed roots may not be curved at their tips and thus can be easier to remove. 2. When a tooth is fully erupted and in function, the bone around it consolidates (or hardens) in response to the function. This may make the tooth more difficult to remove. Impacted teeth may be more difficult to remove for the following reasons: 1. There is a significant amount of bone and / or soft tissue covering them making access more difficult. 2. Impacted teeth may be closely related to vital structures such as nerves and the sinuses making extraction more challenging. 3. Impacted teeth may be angled in ways that make it more difficult to extract them. Over the past 10 years specific research has been ongoing which is looking at the specific risks and benefits of removal of asymptomatic third molars (wisdom teeth). There is a "white paper" discussing the results of these studies located on the website of the american association of oral and maxillofacial surgeons (www.Aaoms.Org). There is also associated information that provides an excellent discussion of wisdom teeth and their management. Look under "conditions and treatment" on the right side for "wisdom teeth". Though asymptomatic now, third molars that have not fully erupted into the mouth in a functional and cleanable position can lead to long term problems such as gum disease that can spread to adjacent areas, decay of the third molar or adjacent teeth, recurrent infections (pericoronitis), cysts, tumors, and jaw fracture. It is better to prevent these problems by extraction of non-functional third molars as a late teenager than to have to under go the surgery when you are older and you are not as healthy. Also the surgery may be more difficult and recovery longer if done at a later age. Have your general dentist recommend a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon in your area that can examine you and provide an explanation of your options for both surgery and anesthesia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When is the wisdom tooth extraction needed? My upper wisdom tooth is rubbing against the gum on the lower jaw causing severe discomfort.
Common problem: You should have your wisdom teeth evaluated by your dentist or oral surgeon. When insufficient space is present, they can put you at risk for infections, damage to adjacent teeth, and other types of oral pathology. It's typically best to treat them when you are young, as the surgery and recovery tend to be easier. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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