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Problems Caused By Wisdom Teeth
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??
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My top wisdom teeth are growing backwards toward my sinuses. recently, i have started to experience hearing loss. could this cause long term problems?
Oral Surgeon: See your Oral Surgeon for evaluation and treatment recommendations. Good Luck. ...Read more
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