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Irritation inflamation gum around wisdom tooth. Not impacted. Root canal on wisdom tooth vs extraction ! two extracted -- 1 root canal - lower rt?

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Dr. Ron E. Bell
Dentistry - Cosmetic
3 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

It depends on the amount of space available for treatment access.
If other molars are missing and the wisdom tooth has moved forward, then saving and not extraction is the better option.

In brief: Depends

It depends on the amount of space available for treatment access.
If other molars are missing and the wisdom tooth has moved forward, then saving and not extraction is the better option.
Dr. Ron E. Bell
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Dr. Ronald Achong
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
3 doctors agree

In brief: Extract it

Having a root canal procedure on a wisdom tooth can be challenging for the dentist.
This tooth usually has difficult access. Often there is not enough room present in the jaws to accomodate the wisdom teeth. See a dentist to have the tooth extracted.

In brief: Extract it

Having a root canal procedure on a wisdom tooth can be challenging for the dentist.
This tooth usually has difficult access. Often there is not enough room present in the jaws to accomodate the wisdom teeth. See a dentist to have the tooth extracted.
Dr. Ronald Achong
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Dr. James Wright
Dentistry
3 doctors agree

In brief: See a dentist

Gum irritation alone may not necessitate an extraction or a root canal.
Best to see a dentist have him take x-rays and perform periodontal charting. This may be something as simple as food impaction that is causing the gingival inflammation. Your dentist will give you treatment options for that tooth and others if a full exam is performed.

In brief: See a dentist

Gum irritation alone may not necessitate an extraction or a root canal.
Best to see a dentist have him take x-rays and perform periodontal charting. This may be something as simple as food impaction that is causing the gingival inflammation. Your dentist will give you treatment options for that tooth and others if a full exam is performed.
Dr. James Wright
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Dr. Kayvon Javid
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Extraction

Wisdom teeth are not good candidates for root canal therapy and most often are recommended to be extracted.
It is not clear as why you might be getting a root canal on your wisdom teeth. Ask your dentist to explain the pro's and the con's of the proposed treatments.

In brief: Extraction

Wisdom teeth are not good candidates for root canal therapy and most often are recommended to be extracted.
It is not clear as why you might be getting a root canal on your wisdom teeth. Ask your dentist to explain the pro's and the con's of the proposed treatments.
Dr. Kayvon Javid
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Dr. David Schleimer
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Extraction

You mention gum inflammation, which may be pericoronitis or food impaction, a root canal would not be indicated.
If the inflammatory process occurs several times: extract.

In brief: Extraction

You mention gum inflammation, which may be pericoronitis or food impaction, a root canal would not be indicated.
If the inflammatory process occurs several times: extract.
Dr. David Schleimer
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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: What to do?

Decisions such as these cannot be properly answered over the internet.
We can only make some general observations and recommendations. It depends upon the condition & health of the wisdom tooth as well as the adjacent and opposing teeth, the alternatives and long term prognosis of treatment options, financial situation and risk level, etc. Trust your own dentist to help guide you.

In brief: What to do?

Decisions such as these cannot be properly answered over the internet.
We can only make some general observations and recommendations. It depends upon the condition & health of the wisdom tooth as well as the adjacent and opposing teeth, the alternatives and long term prognosis of treatment options, financial situation and risk level, etc. Trust your own dentist to help guide you.
Dr. Gary Sandler
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Dr. Joel Doyon
Dentistry - Cosmetic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Discuss with dentist

Is the tooth itself symptomatic: sensitive to hot or cold or biting? Or is it strictly related to the gingiva around the tooth? Do you have room for the tooth and are you able to brush and floss around it? Is the upper tooth in contact with this tooth? Do you need this tooth for function? These are questions you should discuss with your dentist.

In brief: Discuss with dentist

Is the tooth itself symptomatic: sensitive to hot or cold or biting? Or is it strictly related to the gingiva around the tooth? Do you have room for the tooth and are you able to brush and floss around it? Is the upper tooth in contact with this tooth? Do you need this tooth for function? These are questions you should discuss with your dentist.
Dr. Joel Doyon
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Dr. Larry Gottlieb
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not clear

If the wisdom tooth is extensively decayed and restored it may be better to have it removed.
Eve though not impacted it may be so far back in the mouth that it is hard to keep clean and healthy. What does your dentist suggest?

In brief: Not clear

If the wisdom tooth is extensively decayed and restored it may be better to have it removed.
Eve though not impacted it may be so far back in the mouth that it is hard to keep clean and healthy. What does your dentist suggest?
Dr. Larry Gottlieb
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