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Is there damage to the jaw when getting an impacted wisdom tooth removed?

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 more

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Impacted Tooth (Definition)

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


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How complex is removing lower wisdom tooth close to nerve when the tooth is infected?

How complex is removing lower wisdom tooth close to nerve when the tooth is infected?

Routine: I do this procedure in these circumstances hundreds of times a year. Make sure you are treated by a board certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon. ...Read more

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How common is nerve damage from lower wisdom tooth removal? Is risk lower if teeth have erupted significantly thru gums?

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 more

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Is it possible for a wisdom tooth to be stuck inside the jaw bone and can't fully erupt on it's own?

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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 more

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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?

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 more

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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?

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 more

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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?

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 more

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If 2nd molar is removed and wisdom tooth is not out yet would the wisdom tooth shift to where the 2nd molar was ?

Possibly: I have seen situations where a young adult looses a second molar and the wisdom tooth eventually erupts into that spot. It all depends on the age of the patient and the position of the tooth, and of course, genetics. ...Read more

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Would an impacted wisdom tooth lead to pain in the other teeth?

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 more

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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?

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?

6 months: It will take 6 weeks for bone to fill the extraction site, 6 months for the bone to mature. During that time contact sports should be avoided. ...Read more

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After wisdom tooth removal, is it necessary to have a dental filling in the extraction site?

After wisdom tooth removal, is it necessary to have a dental filling in the extraction site?

No: A dental filling is not placed in the extraction site. Depending on the size of the defect from the removal of the wisdom tooth, some extraction sites are grafted to help prevent a periodontal problem with an adjacent tooth. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a wisdom tooth grow connected to the tooth in front of it?

Is it possible for a wisdom tooth grow connected to the tooth in front of it?

Anything is possible: But it is highly unlikely. I have seen this in front teeth, never in wisdom teeth. However that being said, wisdom teeth can be very quirky. ...Read more

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My bottom wisdom tooth is infected from the inside even though there are no cavities. It needs a canal or extraction. Which is better?

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 more

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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 more

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Can you have dry socket in an extracted impacted tooth that is stitched up?

Can you have dry socket in an extracted impacted tooth that is stitched up?

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 more

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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 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?

Possible and yes: Yes it can shift after eruption , if there is space in front of it like missing or extracted second molar , and yes it can be easley removed by a skilled dentist or a surgeon.. ...Read more

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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? .

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?


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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 more

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How much dental pain is there if the dentist severes the mandibular jaw nerve during an implant?

How much dental pain is there if the dentist severes the mandibular jaw nerve during an implant?

Nerve damage: It depends on the level of injury to the nerve fiber. It can range from no feeling at all to constant pain without any stimulation. Either way, it should be evaluated immediately by a specialist. Most likely the implant has to be removed. ...Read more

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When is the wisdom tooth extraction needed? My upper wisdom tooth is rubbing against the gum on the lower jaw causing severe discomfort.

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 more

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