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Problems Wisdom Teeth Can Cause
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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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
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
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
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
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 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.
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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
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
Is 29 too late to have your widsom teeth extracted? I recently went to the dentist for some dull pain in the back of my mouth. My dentist said it looks like I should have my wisdom teeth out, but they have never caused me any problems before. Can they cau
In a word, no, if you are otherwise healthy and the teeth are indicated for removal. Recent research has validated the removal of wisdom teeth (third molars) that cannot erupt into a functional and cleansable position in the mouth. There are multitude of diseases that can and do develop over time (decay, infection, cysts, tumors, jaw fracture) that justifiy the removal of these teeth in the late teens and early twenties. After the age of 40 third molars are usually dealt with only when they become involved with a disease process or are symptomatic as the recovery may be more difficult for the patient and certain other disease processes preclude surgery (heart disease, diabetes, lung disease). That being said I removed a third molar in an 87 year old last week that was the cause of an infection.
The american association of oral and maxillofacial surgeons has a very informative section of their web site (www. Aaoms. Org) that provides an excellent discussion of wisdom teeth and their management. Look under "conditions and treatment" on the right side for "wisdom teeth"
have your general dentist recommend a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon in your area that can examine you and provide an explaination of your options for both surgery and anesthesia. ...Read more
Perhaps: Only if there is an associated infection, tumor or cyst. For best results, see an oral surgeon for evaluation/recommendations. ...Read more
It depends: If there is room and the wisdom teeth are coming it there usually is not much or a problem. If there is inadequate room there maybe crowding, or the tooth may partially erupt, leaving a gap in the tissue where bacteria can cause gum problems. Check with you dentist to see what are the potential problems, but let the tooth erupt if you can and if there is room. ...Read more
10%: Wisdom teeth contribute at most 10% to destabilization of lower anterior teeth. Other factors (passive eruption, medial migration, differential growth, lymphatic shrinkage, change in soft tissue drape, etc) cause lower anterior crowding. If your teeth show signs of shifting, consult with an Orthodontic Specialist before the problem gets out of hand. ...Read more
See your dentist: If you are having problems with your wisdom teeth erupting or trying to erupt into your mouth you should see your dentist. If you are having problems after their removal, you should return to the dentist or surgeon who performed your surgery for evaluation of your symptoms. ...Read more
They already are: Poor wisdom teeth get blamed for lower anterior crowding, when in reality research shows they contribute maybe 10% to incisor instability. If your teeth are shifting you already have a lot of problems that need immediate care. Call an Orthodontic Specialist now. Initial exam usually free or modest cost. Get all the facts to help you make a decision. The longer you wait, the more it will cost. ...Read more
Headaches: Headaches can be due to a number of possible causes. A lot of patients who have chronic headaches say they have migraines without being diagnosed by a md. Impacted and malpositioned wisdom teeth can contribute to headaches as well as a variety of other symptoms. Your dentist can evaluate you and provide you with more information. ...Read more
See your dentist: The first step would be to see your dentist to diagnose and confirm that your pain is related to your wisdom teeth. If your pain is related to your wisdom teeth, he or she may opt to provide treatment for you, or refer you to an oral surgeon if he or she does not remove wisdom teeth. ...Read more
Wisdom Teeth: Wisdom teeth can cause damage to neighboring structures, which can result in feeling pain. Early and prompt treatment of wisdom teeth is highly recommended. ...Read more
Wisdom Teeth: Wisdom teeth erupt around the ages of 17 to 25 during the stage in life when a person becomes an adult. Wisdom meaning coming of age. They can cause pain on the jaw as they exert pressure on the bone, gums and other teeth on their way out. Many times they become impacted or stuck behind the other teeth and cause infection (pericoronitis). Best to see your dentist for proper diagnosis. ...Read more
Yes: Impacted wisdom teeth can be a major source of discomfort and illness for many people, especially if there is an associated infection. Some symptoms may include elevated temps, difficulty in opening your mouth, pain with swallowing, difficulty with eating, and a foul breath. ...Read more
It's possible but...: Not directly and not usually, but there might be an association. If you get frequent headaches, don't assume it is related to your wisdom teeth. See your physician; it might be elevated blood pressure or something else. You should also see your dentist to evaluate your wisdom teeth (along with any other dental problems that might be causing your symptoms). ...Read more
There can be complications with any procedure. Must wisdom teeth are removed without complications.
For best results with wisdom teeth, make sure you are evaluated and treated by a board certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon. ...Read more
Yes: Wisdom teeth can be the cause of a number of problems. Ringing in the ears. Pain and swelling of the jaws, difficulty opening the mouth and eating, and headaches can be associated with problematic wisdom teeth. ...Read more
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