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Can my wisdom teeth be filled instead of pulled, with surface cavities on two one on each side in the top of my mouth . I'm 55 an anxious about having them remove.

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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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. See your dentist for evaluation, x-rays and treatment options.

In brief: 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. See your dentist for evaluation, x-rays and treatment options.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin
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In brief: Wisdom teeth

If wisdom teeth are in alignment, if the decay is not too deep and they are repairable, and if there is enough room to work on them, they can probably be filled.
Oftentimes, the teeth are angled outward or only partially erupted, making access difficult or impossible to properly repair. Ask your dentist why he has recommended extractions rather than repair.

In brief: Wisdom teeth

If wisdom teeth are in alignment, if the decay is not too deep and they are repairable, and if there is enough room to work on them, they can probably be filled.
Oftentimes, the teeth are angled outward or only partially erupted, making access difficult or impossible to properly repair. Ask your dentist why he has recommended extractions rather than repair.
Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
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Dr. Jerry Brown
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
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In brief: Wisdom Teeth ?

Wisdom teeth treatment plans vary considerably.
If these teeth are erupted in a normal manner; I'd recommend not touching them. However, if they erupt outwardly (toward the check) or inwardly ( toward the tongue) consider removing them. If decay is found on these teeth, they often develop further decay after fillings are placed, and would warrant extraction.

In brief: Wisdom Teeth ?

Wisdom teeth treatment plans vary considerably.
If these teeth are erupted in a normal manner; I'd recommend not touching them. However, if they erupt outwardly (toward the check) or inwardly ( toward the tongue) consider removing them. If decay is found on these teeth, they often develop further decay after fillings are placed, and would warrant extraction.
Dr. Jerry Brown
Dr. Jerry Brown
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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry

In brief: Extract or fill?

Can they be filled? probably, but should they be filled or extracted is the question.
It is best to speak to your general dentist regarding risks and benefits in both cases. Then make an intelligent decision.

In brief: Extract or fill?

Can they be filled? probably, but should they be filled or extracted is the question.
It is best to speak to your general dentist regarding risks and benefits in both cases. Then make an intelligent decision.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dr. Gary Sandler
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In brief: Its possible

we usually say if you can take care of them you can keep them. Cavities are not a good indication of care.
Some dentists will not fill third molars. Seek a second opinion on restoring these teeth. It may be that they are also beyond repair. Although the rate of complication is higher when you are older, teeth can be extracted at any age safely.

In brief: Its possible

we usually say if you can take care of them you can keep them. Cavities are not a good indication of care.
Some dentists will not fill third molars. Seek a second opinion on restoring these teeth. It may be that they are also beyond repair. Although the rate of complication is higher when you are older, teeth can be extracted at any age safely.
Dr. Keith Hollander
Dr. Keith Hollander
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Value judgement

If wisdom teeth are well aligned, in good occlusion, surrounded by healthy gum/bone, can be cared for with good oral hygiene, have minimally invasive cavities, and if there is enough room for the Dentist to utilize the appropriate instrumentation, fillings may be a viable option.
If all these criteria cannot be met, extraction may be the best alternative. Discuss this with your Dentist.

In brief: Value judgement

If wisdom teeth are well aligned, in good occlusion, surrounded by healthy gum/bone, can be cared for with good oral hygiene, have minimally invasive cavities, and if there is enough room for the Dentist to utilize the appropriate instrumentation, fillings may be a viable option.
If all these criteria cannot be met, extraction may be the best alternative. Discuss this with your Dentist.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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In brief: Unknown

How deep are the carious lesions? How extensive are they? How easily can they be filled by your dentist? Answers to these questions would help with an answer.

In brief: Unknown

How deep are the carious lesions? How extensive are they? How easily can they be filled by your dentist? Answers to these questions would help with an answer.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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