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Both top wisdom teeth are loose. Can this be reversed?

Both top wisdom teeth are loose. Can this be reversed?

Wisdom teeth: Depends on why they are loose. This is something that needs to be diagnosed and evaluated by your dentist. Why do you want to save them rather than have them removed? Again, treating and retaining wisdom teeth is something you should discuss with your dentist. ...Read more

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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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My top wisdom teeth are decayed and breaking off. How do I take care of it?

My top wisdom teeth are decayed and breaking off. How do I take care of it?

Likely Extraction: If your wisdom teeth are breaking down you need to have the checked out. It is likely that they will need to be removed if they are not fixable or if you just can not maintain them well. If you choose not to, then you run the risk of much pain, infection that may lead to an emerge visit. Go see your dentist. ...Read more

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My top wisdom teeth are coming in, about half of each is visible through my gums. Partially erupted or just not done growing? I'm 19 if that helps

My top wisdom teeth are coming in, about half of each is visible through my gums. Partially erupted or just not done growing? I'm 19 if that helps

Wisdom teeth: You will need to see a dentist who along with visually looking into your mouth at your wisdom teeth, will take some x-rays to determine the development of the teeth and whether or not they can come in completely, come in straight and not cause problems. Also have your lower wisdom teeth evaluated in the same way as the lowers are generally more problematic. ...Read more

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How will the oral surgeon take my top wisdom teeth out?

How will the oral surgeon take my top wisdom teeth out?

Same as others !: The surgeon will numb the area first. Second, he or she will usually need to expose the tooth if it is not visible in the mouth. A small incision is made to access the tooth. The gum tissue is gently pulled away to see the tooth. Sometimes only a single instrument is needed to twist the tooth out. Otherwise, a drill may be needed to help remove bone to facilitate it's removal. Talk to your doc! ...Read more

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Could there be a reason to remove my top wisdom teeth to get braces?

Ask Orthodontist: If your qualified orthodontic specialist feels your upper wisdom teeth could compromise your treatment, and need to be removed, go with his recommendation. ...Read more

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Can top wisdom teeth cause pain in roof of mouth?

Can top wisdom teeth cause pain in roof of mouth?

If infected: Infected or impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain in the roof of the mouth. See your dentist. ...Read more

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I've heard with top wisdom teeth extraction it is a lot less likely to get dry socket. What can I drink?

I've heard with top wisdom teeth extraction it is a lot less likely to get dry socket. What can I drink?

Dry sockets?: First you are correct, the likelihood is much less on upper teeth. Drink anything nutritious. ...Read more

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Front neck pain into clavicle area burning pain to tip of shoulder. Top wisdom teeth out a week ago any correlation

Evaluation Needed: It could be connected but it could not be connected as well. I'd go back to the doctor to be evaluated to at least see if the surgery caused the pain. ...Read more

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When is it safe to eat crunchy food after top two wisdom teeth extraction? I did not receive stitches and don't want to damage the healing gum

When is it safe to eat crunchy food after top two wisdom teeth extraction? I did not receive stitches and don't want to damage the healing gum

Depends: The best one to answer this question is the Dentist or specialist Oral Surgeon who did the extractions. Hear she knows your situation best. I would, however, give it at least a couple of weeks to begin to heal, longer if possible. ...Read more

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Can I drink through a straw two weeks after top two wisdom teeth extraction (no stitches)? I am terrified of getting dry socket or causing any damage

Wisdom teeth: You are past the danger of dry socket and an return to normal eating and drinking. Call the extracting dentist if you have any questions, or concerns since they know your circumstances. ...Read more

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I had top two wisdom teeth extracted two weeks ago (no stitches). When is it safe to stop doing the salt water mouth rinse?

I had top two wisdom teeth extracted two weeks ago (no stitches). When is it safe to stop doing the salt water mouth rinse?

Salt water rinses: Certainly by now if not before. It's the responsibility of your dentist to see you for a follow up visit to ensure normal healing. Was that done? Did your dentist dismiss you from further follow-up care? ...Read more

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How can I prevent pain from gum growing on top of my wisdom teeth?

See your dentist: If your wisdom tooth has not completely erupted into position at the age of 32 and you are having recurring problems with pain and irritation from the tissue over the tooth, your options are to have the tissue removed or the tooth removed. If the tooth cannot erupt into the mouth due to inadequate space or its position, removal of tissue will only be a temporary solution. Have the tooth removed. ...Read more

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Gum/jaw area between top and bottom wisdom teeth hurts, what to do?

Gum/jaw area between top and bottom wisdom teeth hurts, what to do?

Oral surgeon: See the experts. For best results with wisdom teeth, make sure you are evaluated and treated by a board certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon. ...Read more

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I have a swollen top lip and wisdom teeth are coming in on the top. does this have something to do with it and will it go down in a couple hours?

I have a swollen top lip and wisdom teeth are coming in on the top. does this have something to do with it and will it go down in a couple hours?

Third molars: If the swelling is in lips then it is most likely not related to your wisdom tooth coming in. Did you possibly bump or bit your lip? ...Read more

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2nd molars on top loose after wisdom teeth extraction? Are they going to fall out? also I grind my teeth at night to prevent Molar falling out????????

2nd molars on top loose after wisdom teeth extraction? Are they going to fall out? also I grind my teeth at night to prevent Molar falling out????????

Loose teeth: Grinding your teeth will only loosen them, not tighten them. To determine proper treatment for loose teeth requires first determining cause. May be malocclusion, tooth infection, gum infection, sinus infection, parafunctional habits, etc. See your General Dentist to start. Specialty referral may be prudent. ...Read more

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Please Help..been 2weeks top and bottom left wisdom teeth out..had food infection in stiches..dr put some brown stuff on it now my tongue feels burnt?

Please Help..been 2weeks top and bottom left wisdom teeth out..had food infection in stiches..dr put some brown stuff on it now my tongue feels burnt?

Not common: Dry socket medication does not usually cause any side effects. If it gets worse or last for more than a few days, contact your dentist for post-op appointment. ...Read more

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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