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Why do dentists recommend that you get your wisdom teeth out?

Why do dentists recommend that you get your wisdom teeth out?

Wisdom teeth: Sometimes wisdom teeth are valuable asset when healthy and properly aligned, but more often, they are misaligned and require removal. The removal of wisdom teeth is one of the most common procedures at ages 15-24. See your dentist for evaluation and x-rays. ...Read more

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Dr. Ira Katz
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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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How come dentists recommend that you get your wisdom teeth out before you turn 21?

How come dentists recommend that you get your wisdom teeth out before you turn 21?

Wisdom teeth: Around the ages of 16-21ish are usually not fully developed - where they haven't reached their full root length. This has "anatomic advantages" that can reduce potential compliations. Since many times they don't have room to emerge, the longer their roots are allowed to grow to full maturity length, the closer to an important sensory nerve (bottom ones) and to the sinus (upper ones) they can get. ...Read more

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Does every dentist have to give you an IV when you get your wisdom teeth pulled out?

Does every dentist have to give you an IV when you get your wisdom teeth pulled out?

Depends: This depends on several factors. How difficult will the extractions be. Does the patient have a high anxiety level. It all depends on the comfort level of the patient. I have taken out wisdom teeth that were very difficult on some patients and they were fine with just local anesthetic. Other patients need very heavy sedation. Find a dentist or oral surgeon that is willing to discuss this with you. ...Read more

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Should you get your wisdom teeth taken out at a hospital or dentists office?

Should you get your wisdom teeth taken out at a hospital or dentists office?

Depends: This is often dictated by the difficulty of the impactions, the health status of the patient, and any management problems that may have to be taken into account. The vast majority are done in the oral surgeons office. ...Read more

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Was wondering if i go to the dentist tomorrow, how soon will i be able to get my wisdom teeth removed?

Was wondering if i go to the dentist tomorrow, how soon will i be able to get my wisdom teeth removed?

Removing teeth: That depends upon the availability of the dentist's open appointment time, your medical ; dental history, the urgency of the need to have the teeth removed as well as your availability. If you are having the teeth removed with local anesthetic ; do not need medical clearance, it can be removed the same day. If you are having IV sedation, special preparation is required. Call the office to discuss. ...Read more

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Hi I have two big cavities both are in the front and a wisdom teeth will the dentist get it pulled out asap it hurting me bad?

Hi I have two big cavities both are in the front and a wisdom teeth will the dentist get it pulled out asap it hurting me bad?

See Dentist ASAP: Pain means spreading infection. Available treatments and timing of treatments can only be decided upon after careful examination. Please contact dentist now...The problem will only get worse. ...Read more

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I'm seven-teen years old and my dentist told me that i had wisdom teeth two only on top a year a go. I only get night pain and sometimes hard to eat ?

I'm seven-teen years old and my dentist told me that i had wisdom teeth two only on top a year a go. I only get night pain and sometimes hard to eat ?

Wisdom teeth: better to consult a dentist, but wisdom teeth may cause overcrowding of your teeth in which case many dentist recommend removing them but for the most part they are harmless and should cause any issues unless you have a cavity or another issue with the tooth. Again I would recommend you see a dentist. ...Read more

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Can i get away with not having my wisdom teeth removed? I have two wisdom teeth that have never erupted that my dentist says i need to have removed. They're not causing my any pain or problems, and they've been there for some time. Will i be fine if i don

Can i get away with not having my wisdom teeth removed? I have two wisdom teeth that have never erupted that my dentist says i need to have removed. They're not causing my any pain or problems, and they've been there for some time. Will i be fine if i don

Doctor's advice: Why avoid the dentist's advice? Impacted wisdom teeth do not have to cause pain or "problems" that you would notice. They may be creating destruction of other teeth, may have cavities, may contribute to gum disease, etc. And you aren't aware of it. Get a second opinion for peace of mind or get them out. ...Read more

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Should I get my wisdom teeth removed? At checkup, dentist said 1/4 is growing okay but 3/4 are not. Thanks!

Wisdom Teeth: Sometimes wisdom teeth are valuable asset when healthy and properly aligned, but more often, they are misaligned and require removal. The removal of wisdom teeth is one of the most common procedures at ages 15-24. See your dentist for evaluation and x-rays. ...Read more

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If you have pericironitis behild your wisdom teeth, and it's sort of hurting, is there a way to get rid of it without going to the dentist?

If you have pericironitis behild your wisdom teeth, and it's sort of hurting, is there a way to get rid of it without going to the dentist?

NO: As a physician with this experience as a patient I can tell you that you cannot get rid of it by yourself. One thing you can do it good maintenance of your teeth as much as possible. Floss, use a gum brush between the teeth , you may want to use a water pik to also help flush out debris and buildup , but only a good cleaning can get down far below the gum line to help resolve the periodontitis. ...Read more