Why do dentists remove someone's wisdom teeth?

Prevention. To prevent future problems. Or current problems of pain, infection, crowding, for orthtodontic reasons. For best results, see an oral surgeon for consultation/recommendations.
Wisdom teeth. When wisdom teeth cause problems or food impaction they need to come out. If you are experiencing pain, swollen gums, lymph nodes and it does not go away or if you find it difficult to open your mouth, you should see a dentist for evaluation, x-ray and wisdom teeth removal.
Crowding/infections. wisdom teeth are to be removed only if they are causing crowding and there is need for braces and alignment, or they are impacted , causing infections and decay, or not in occlusion or causing food intrapment that cause further problems .

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What sorts of procedures do dentist use to remove wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth. I usually use an elevator and try to cause the least trauma so there is less post-op pain. Sometimes its nes. To section a tooth or use forcepts. It should be painless. You may feels a lot of pressure and some crackling sounds are normal. We provide headphones to watch tv during the procedure to remove the sound. Read more...
Depends. The procedures used to remove wisdom teeth depends on the position and location of the wisdom teeth, as well as the experience and training of the dentist or surgeon performing the procedure. Anesthestic options may vary from office to office as well. A consultation with your dentist or surgeon will provide you the opportunity to have your questions answered. Read more...

Please tell me what can I expect when the dentists remove my wisdom teeth?

Some discomfort. Wisdom teeth removal can cause pain afterwards for one or more days. There could be some swelling and some residual bleeding. Infection could also occur in or around the extraction sockets. Your dentist can help you manage the pain and infection with medication. Read more...
Complex answer. Not enough room here for adequate explanation. More complicated at your age. For best results, make sure you are evaluated and treated by a board certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon. Read more...

Is it important to have my wisdom teeth remove? All 4 of my wisdom teeth have finally came out but the last one is hurting really bad but I can't afford to go to the dentist would it be harmful to my health to leave as is?

Not . Not all wisdom teeth needs to be removed, but if there is a chance that it will cause a problem in the future (impaction against adjacent tooth, pericoronitis, insufficient access to properly clean, development of cysts), i'd take it out. In some cases, extraction of wisdom teeth have to be weighed against the possibility of nerve damage during the extraction - it's best to consult your local oral surgeon if this is your situation. Read more...
Infections harm you. If you have a painful partially erupted wisdom tooth it is usually caused by a swollen and infected gum over part of the tooth. Eventually this infection may well get worse and can threaten your overall health. The best answer is to get the area checked by your dentist and eliminate the problem now rather than later. Read more...
Why? Why does it hurt? Is it infected, is the gum infected, has the adjacent tooth been damaged, is it sore simply because it's erupting? The only way to find out is to see a dentist and discuss treatment options. Failure to do so may lead to extensive and expensive complications. Read more...

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 more...
Recent . 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. If you elect not to remove these third molars you should be evaluated by a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon at least every five years to ensure that some pathology has not developed around the teeth. This exam will usually involve taking a specialized x-ray, called a panorex, so that the teeth and surrounding bone and structures can be evaluated. Many disease processes involving unerupted third molars do not manifest as symptoms you would recognize early (pain or swelling). By the time you experience these symptoms the disease process may be involved. 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. American association of oral and maxillofacial surgeons. Read more...
Here . Here is the skinny on this situation. Teeth naturally erupt into the mouth to meet their opposing tooth in the opposite jaw. What stop a tooth from erupting is an obstruction like another tooth in the angle of eruption is not straight up out of the jaw, but into and adjacent tooth. This is called an impaction. If the crowns of your lower wisdom teeth are in the mouth, and they do not come into contact with an opposite tooth the will slowly continue to grow out of the jaw and cause interferences when you move the jaw or pain when they hit the gum tissue above. Unless they are already biting against an opposing tooth you are probably best advised to eventually have them removed. Ask you dentist to explain your treatment options. You will need x-rays. Dr neil mcleod dds dentistry that lasts - quality that counts. Read more...

Could general dentist remove impacted wisdom teeth?

Yes. Many general dentists remove wisdom teeth for their patients in their offices, and do a good job. There are obviously alot of general dentists who do not perform any extractions and refer all of their extractions and wisdom teeth patients to oral and maxillofacial surgeons who may be able to provide more options for sedation or general anesthesia. Read more...
That depends. That depends on how experienced the general dentist is and how difficult your wisdom teeth will be. A qualified general dentist can perform simple wisdom tooth extractions with no problem. Impacted and/or infected wisdom teeth should be extracted by an oral surgeon to minimize the chance of complications, as they have more extensive training. Read more...
Yes, but. Yes, but why wouldn't you want to see someone with much more experience? For best results, see a board certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon for exam/recommendations/treatment. Read more...

Can anyone tell me what can I expect to be able to eat after the dentists remove my wisdom teeth?

Soft Foods ie: eggs . The evening after your wisdom teeth are removed you can expect to be eating soft foods such as pasta and eggs. Each subsequent day the consistancy of the food will increase but this is very individualized. In general by day 3 or 4 you should be well on your way toward a normal diet. Read more...
Soft. A soft diet will be easier to eat. A high protein diet will help promote healing. Think pudding, ice cream, yogurt, eggs, protein shakes, chopped steak, soft fish, etc. Read more...

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...