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Doctor insights on: Problems Caused By Wisdom Teeth

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Studies show that no more then 12% of IMPACTED wisdom teeth cause noticeable problems. If no pain/noticeable pain, should i leave unless bad impact??

Studies show that no more then 12% of IMPACTED wisdom teeth cause noticeable problems. If no pain/noticeable pain, should i leave unless bad impact??

Depends...: Removal or retention of third molars is very individualistic. You should consult with your dentist and an oral surgeon if they recommend seeing one. ...Read more

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Dr. Sheila Smith
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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


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Can leaving your wisdom teeth in cause jaw problems?

Can leaving your wisdom teeth in cause jaw problems?

It can but depends: Many people don't have the room in their mouth for wisdom teeth and sometimes removing them is necessary if they will cause problems from being impacted. If someone has the room they need to be vigilant in cleaning them and seeking regular dental care because if they get decayed they can be difficult to restore. Keeping them increases risk for gum disease and TMJ problems if the bite is not right. ...Read more

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Can wisdom teeth cause problems for 12 year old molars trying to come in?

Can wisdom teeth cause problems for 12 year old molars trying to come in?

Yes: Orthodontists see this frequently, especially in children with insufficient posterior arch length. 3rd molars can palisade over the 2nd molars creating eruption anomalies. Please have your child checked by an orthodontist. The services of an oral surgeon may be in order. ...Read more

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My lower wisdom teeth have been removed 10 years ago, but i still have my lower ones. Will this cause a problem? #nqlu my dentist says the upper teeth are superflous now since i don't have anything to mash them against when chewing and I should take them

My lower wisdom teeth have been removed 10 years ago, but i still have my lower ones.  Will this cause a problem? #nqlu my dentist says the upper teeth are superflous now since i don't have anything to mash them against when chewing and I should take them

Dr. : Dr. Mcleod and i agree. The "antagonists" of the teeth that were extracted will slowly supererupt, which will change their relationship with the adjacent teeth. This may allow food and bacteria to get trapped causing periodontal problems and cavities on the other teeth. ...Read more

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Can wisdom teeth problems cause throbbing pain?

Can wisdom teeth problems cause throbbing pain?

Crowding: Due to the position of your wisdom teeth many complications can occur. Throbbing from infection is not uncommon. Visit your dentist and have evaluated. ...Read more

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Should I have my wisdom teeth extracted regardless of anything else? I'm 18, and have all of my wisdom teeth, all yet to erupt. They've never caused me any problems or pain, but my dentist still thinks I should have them taken out. I don't see any reason

Should I have my wisdom teeth extracted regardless of anything else? I'm 18, and have all of my wisdom teeth, all yet to erupt. They've never caused me any problems or pain, but my dentist still thinks I should have them taken out. I don't see any reason

Over : 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. Add. ...Read more

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Can wisdom teeth problems cause shortness of breath?

Can wisdom teeth problems cause shortness of breath?

No, unless: No, unless seriously infected, in which case you would have other symptoms like local pain, swelling, trouble swallowing, etc. For best advice about wisdom teeth, see a board certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon ...Read more

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Can wisdom teeth cause headaches, earaches and vision problems?

Can wisdom teeth cause headaches, earaches and vision problems?

Yes: Wisdom teeth can be the cause of a number of symptoms including headaches, pain and ringing in the ears. And occasional visual problems. Your dentist or surgeon can help diagnose the problems associated with your wisdom teeth. ...Read more

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Can wisdom teeth problems cause migraine headaches and general face pain?

Can wisdom teeth problems cause migraine headaches and general face pain?

You bet!: Absolutely. I've seen this happen to people many times. See your dentist to check the wisdom teeth (an x-ray will likely be required). Hope you feel better! ...Read more

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