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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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: An immediate transitional denture is an option. Your dentist takes an impression or mold of your teeth and removes the teeth from the stone models. Your dentures are fabricated and when ready, you have your teeth removed and your dentures inserted the same day so you do not have to go toothless. Depending on the number of teeth remaining, immediate implants and fixed dentures may be possible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not just a cleaning: During your routine visit for a cleaning, your mouth is examined for signs of oral cancer. Your teeth are checked for cavities. The existing fillings and crowns are checked for cracks, or decay under them, some x-rays may be necessary. Gums are checked for bleeding areas and we look for signs of any medical problems. The plaque buildup is removed from your teeth and they are polished. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A few more to add...: Adjacent tooth damage/loss, localized periodontal disease (and its known correlation with cardiovascular risks), additional pathology - tumors, dental arch crowding/teeth shifting, abscesses that can threaten airway (ludwigs angina), recurrent headaches. Here is a good top 10 reasons hit list to view: http://wisdomteethchicago.Net/top-ten-important-reasons-to-have-your-wisdom-teeth-removed/. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rx planning: Molds of teeth are a 3 dimensional record of your problem before rx. They help the orthodontist visualize what's wrong so that he/she can plan what to do to make things right. Models also used to actually measure tooth size and bone size to asses incompatibility. Whether plaster or digital, models are the single most important "lab test" in an orthodontist's armamentarium. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
Straight: Straight is a relative term. Not only do the crowns of the teeth have to be straight, but so do the roots under the gums. Your teeth and jaws must align with each other properly and function optimally. Once braces come off you will need retainers. I assume you're seeing anorthodontic specialist. Talk to specialist about goals, timing, and what's still needed to complete your treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Any insights for why can't teeth stay in place after you get your braces removed? Why do you need a retainer?
Bone isn't concrete: Teeth suspended in bone by a connective tissue ligament. Over,time bone remodels and gum & ligament change. Forces of occlusion, muscle balance, wear, habits, restorations, and so much more, all affects post-corrective stability. Protect your time and monetary investment. Either wear your retainers as directed or gargle with crazy glue. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Won't bother you: Getting them out is the best way to treat or avoid problems with wisdom teeth. Most people don't have room for them and when they try to come in you will have problems. Even if there is room for them the majority of people have problems in their later years as they are hard to keep clean and may decay or develop periodontal problems. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Wisdom teeth: Wisdom teeth, even impacted wisdom teeth do not 'ruin the rest of your teeth'. First, most dentists agree that they cannot produce crowding of the other teeth. Second, they can cause local problems such as cysts, infections, swellings, pain, and on rare occasions destruction only of the tooth right in front of them. All wisdom teeth, if potentially problematic should be removed at age 16-19. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If you need some of your teeth exacted can a dentist put dental implants in so your don't grind you teeth just at night?
Not related: Your grinding will not be affected by the implants but by the bite itself, when your teeth or crowns hit together it can affect your bite and your grinding. removing healthy teeth to replace them with implants for the purpose of getting rid of grinding issue is not the answer, you should try to fix what you have, find a good dentist or a prosthodontist who has training in this area. ...Read more
Around 17: Wisdom teeth start developing in your jaw around age 11, 12. Normally they start eruption at age 16 to 18. Just like anything else, there are variations. Someone can have wisdome teeth coming at 14, some can never see their wisdom teeth appear in oral cavity. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Big Problems: An infected wisdom may not produce any significant problem except for pain and some mild swelling for some patients. However, in other patients, an infected wisdom tooth can lead to some very serious problems in others, such as significant swelling in the floor of the mouth and throat that can compromise swallowing and breathing, which can be life threatening. Your surgeon can provide more info. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
Your choice: Unless you are a high risk for sedation, you can choose. Many people like conscious sedation instead of total general anesthesia. Safer, and easier to come out of. Many others, prefer to be awake and are fine with local numbing. Much depends on the complexity of the surgery and your preference. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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