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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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Dr. Payam Mehranpour
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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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I know everyone is different, but how uncomfortable is it to get an impacted wisdom tooth removed while awake? Is it do-able?

I know everyone is different, but how uncomfortable is it to get an impacted wisdom tooth removed while awake? Is it do-able?

I have removed : Wisdom teeth for 32 years and can say that removal with local anesthic only is "do-able". However, many patients prefer sedation or general anesthesia for this surgery and some do not. The discomfort during the surgery should be zero either way. Discus these options with your surgeon and decide the best course for your specific situation. ...Read more

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My impacted wisdom tooth was removed. My jaw near the said tooth sometimes get lock, and sometimes back to normal again. Should I see a doctor?

My impacted wisdom tooth was removed. My jaw near the said tooth sometimes get lock, and sometimes back to normal again. Should I see a doctor?

TMJ problem: Sounds like your jaw joint disk is locked out of position. He the oral surgeon who removed the tooth. He/she may confirm the diagnosis and refer you to a TMJ specialist. You may need a procedure to unlock the joint. ...Read more

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Got LL impacted wisdom tooth removed 5/18. Can I eat rice now? Can I rinse with the syringe? How long until the hole closes?

Got LL impacted wisdom tooth removed 5/18. Can I eat rice now? Can I rinse with the syringe? How long until the hole closes?

Yes: You can resume your normal diet. The time till the socket fills in with new bone and tissue depends on several factors and is hard to predict. Remember to keep your mouth clean and go back to your dentist if you experience heat, redness, swelling with pain, pus or a bitter taste in your mouth. If you have additional questions contact me for an inbox consult at healthtap.com/douglasdds ...Read more

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One year ago had an impacted wisdom tooth removed. I still have numbness and pain. Surgeon say every things alright but it's annoying?

One year ago had an impacted wisdom tooth removed. I still have numbness and pain. Surgeon say every things alright but it's annoying?

Consequence: Parasthesia is sometimes an unfortunate consequence of 3rd molar surgery. Risk of parasthesia should have been reviewed with you before surgery. ...Read more

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I had an impacted wisdom tooth removed 5 days ago via local anesthetic.I have another 3 (no impact) wisdoms to come out,What's better local or general?

I had an impacted wisdom tooth removed 5 days ago via local anesthetic.I have another 3 (no impact) wisdoms to come out,What's better local or general?

Personal Preference: If you had an impacted wisdom tooth removed under local anesthesia and were comfortable during the procedure, you should do well with the removal of the other three under local anesthesia. Whether or not to choose a general anesthetic may depend upon the level of anticipated difficulty and any anxiety you may have now with multiple extractions being performed in one setting or multiple visits. ...Read more

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My 54 yr old friend had an impacted wisdom tooth removed last Thursday, in extreme pain. Can she take a percocet and lortab about 1hr apart?

Call the surgeon: If your friend is in extreme pain following an extraction, she should call the surgeon so that she can be evaluated. Secondly, without having a full medical history on hand with all meds being taken, it is not prudent to advise anyone over the internet, sight unseen, what medication to take. Have the surgeon make that determination. ...Read more

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I had an impacted wisdom tooth and cyst (associated with that tooth) removed. Will it affect my teeth aligning with Damon Braces on?

I had an impacted wisdom tooth and cyst (associated with that tooth) removed. Will it affect my teeth aligning with Damon Braces on?

Not a problem: Removing wisdom tooth/cyst should not affect Orthodontic care. Ask both the Oral Surgeon AND a qualified Orthodontic Specialist to advise depending on your anatomic malrelationships. By the way, nothing Magic about Damon braces. Treatment dependent on skill and experience of the operator (that's why you should see a specialist), not the hardware. ...Read more

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Paraesthesia - impacted wisdom tooth extraction?

Paraesthesia - impacted wisdom tooth extraction?

Possible: A possible risk. If this has happened to you, see an oral surgeon ASAP. If you have not had surgery yet, done best by an oral surgeon. ...Read more

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Tooth Extraction (Definition)

Tooth extraction means removing an entire tooth or teeth from the jawbone. ...Read more


Excise (Definition)

To surgically remove an organ or body part or tissue. This is done with ...Read more