wisdom teeth

Discussion in 'Other Off Topic Forum' started by Schnelles Fraulein, Dec 3, 2003.

  1. Schnelles Fraulein

    Apr 1, 2003
    Long Island, NY
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    Schnelles Fraulein
    does anyone know anything about wisdom teeth? my boyfriend's right bottom wisdom tooth is coming in and he's in a lot of pain.. i told him thats normal til it comes all the way in, but he thinks its something worse because his entire jaw hurts. should he wait til it comes in or have it removed?

    anyone had any problems with their wisdom teeth? stories to share?
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  3. karmavore

    karmavore Formula 3

    Dec 29, 2002
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    Luke Colorado
    I had a really bad tooth ache this fall ...long story short they had to come out. All four. It has been ~30 days and I am fine. I was out of commission for 2 days or so but fine by the fourth.

    See a dentsit!!!

  4. Evolved

    Evolved F1 Veteran

    Nov 5, 2003
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I had mine pulled. What does his dentist say? They really drug you up good for the procedure. I went home and cut my finger open real good right after. Never felt a thing until I noticed the blood stain on the bed. Nothing like going to the doctors office for stiches with a mouth full of cotten and high as a kite.
  5. Schnelles Fraulein

    Apr 1, 2003
    Long Island, NY
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    Schnelles Fraulein
    i was hoping to avoid a trip to the dentist.. we really cant afford it.
  6. karmavore

    karmavore Formula 3

    Dec 29, 2002
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    Luke Colorado

    With out insurance you're looking at $1000-1500 for everything.

    If they need to come out and you leave them in you're looking at some midevil teeth.

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  8. bkaird1

    bkaird1 Karting

    Nov 7, 2003
    Atlanta, Georgia
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    I know that there are some people who can avoid having them pulled... best thing to do would be to get the opinion of a dentist

    I had mine pulled about 4 years ago. They drug you up pretty good... there were people who claim to have visited me the day I got them out but I can't remember talking to any of them. Anyway, it turns out that I actually had 5 wisdom teeth (maybe that means I'm EXTRA WISE!!!).

  9. roentgen

    roentgen Rookie

    Nov 2, 2003
    Not to be alarmist, but oral infections are nothing to fool around with, must see dentist/oral surgeon as soon as possible. They can expand into the throat and cause breathing difficulty, not good.
  10. tifosi

    tifosi F1 Veteran
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    Sep 5, 2001
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    Tom D
    tell DES to see a dentist :) sometimes when they come in they stay impacted in the gums and don't come in all the way. also many times there is not enough room in the jaw to allow them to come in.
  11. Nibblesworth

    Nibblesworth Formula 3

    Nov 29, 2002
    Southern California
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    tell him to stop eating all that strudel and hassenfeffer.
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  13. CraigFL

    CraigFL Formula Junior

    Jan 17, 2001
    Panama City, FL
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    My 2 cents.... 36 years ago dentists told me I needed mine pulled -- they were coming in sideways. Over these years, every once and a while, I do have some tenderness & pain but it goes away. If you get them pulled now, it certainly will be less $$ than in the future and you may not have to endure intermittant pain over the years but you will get to endure significant pain for a week or so now- or some kind of semi-consiousness if you take all the pain medication they give you.
  14. mjgermane

    mjgermane Formula Junior

    Jan 21, 2003
    I must have been really lucky. When I was 17 I had my wisdom teeth pulled. After the procedure, my mom drove me home and I went to bed. I slept for about 5 hours and then got up and felt fine. I actually went to soccer practice that night.

    My recovery may be due to my young age and the good shape I was in, hence the soccer practice.

    Anyway, I would at least go to the dentist and get it checked out.
  15. tigermilk

    tigermilk Formula Junior

    Jul 12, 2001
    Houston, TX
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    James P. Smith
    When I was in high school (Dallas area) the dentist told me I should have them out. I went to college where I was born (Ann Arbor, MI) and went to my childhood dentist. Asked him his opinion and he said leave them in. So I left them in. I had a few bouts of teething pains or possibly infections, but they've been fine for several years now. No offense to dentists, but I'm sure there are some scams out there in the dentistry world. People seem to get their wisdom teeth out like it's some sort of rite of passage.
  16. Hubert888

    Hubert888 F1 Veteran

    May 14, 2003
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    I would make a trip to the dentist and have this teeth xrayed. If the wisdom tooth is growing out into another tooth (meaning, if the wisdom tooth looks like its going to hit the neighboring tooth), then you will have to get it removed. But if the wisdom tooth is growing straight up and not hitting anything, you do not have to get it removed.

    All dentists tell you to get wisdom tooth pulled but you dont if the tooth is not going to hit another tooth when it comes out.

    WILLIAM H Three Time F1 World Champ

    Nov 1, 2003
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    I had a bottom 1 pulled a few years ago, wasnt too bad. They say the bottom ones are harder to get out than the top ones. I have a top 1 I need to get pulled ASAP but I have to wait until after Law school finals
  18. Enzo

    Enzo F1 Rookie

    Feb 14, 2002
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    Pat Pasqualini
    It needs to be checked out right away. I had all 4 pulled at once and they even needed to pull a neighbor since it exploded once the wisdom tooth came in. The pain he is feeling might be a abcense (sp) tooth which is an infection and can lead to very serious health problems. If he doesn't like the dentist he can always go to a sedation dentist which will knock him out for the procedure. I HATE the dentist and had to have ALOT of work done this past year. I went to a sedation dentist and had no problems in fact I don't remember anything about my appointments. Have him get checked out right away leaving teeth problems go and hoping they go away is not by any means the right way to do it. It will only cause him more problems in the future and cost a whole lot more, I should know I could be driving a 308 instead I had my teeth fixed (it cost me te same price)
  19. MarkPDX

    MarkPDX F1 World Champ
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    Apr 21, 2003
    Gulf Coast
    I had a wisdom tooth get infected, it was very uncomfortable. Got it yanked right away. I had the others pulled a couple years later which was even more uncomfortable. Two of them had to be taken out in peices which meant a lot of drilling. I still have them someplace and will try to post pics later.

    You should at least get it checked out. If it is infected waiting will only make the problem worse/cost more.
  20. beast

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    May 31, 2003
    Lewisville, TX
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    Rob Guess
    I had all 4 of mine yanked out. between the Valium and Nitrous I dont remember a thing. The pain afterwards was not to bad and i was riding my dirt bike the next day.

    Oh yeah did i mention that hate going to dentist to begin with?

    Rob Guess "The Other Rob"
  21. StoryBook

    StoryBook F1 Rookie
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    Mar 1, 2003
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    Looks like a lot of good information coming first hand from people who have gone through the procedure..............well here it is from the other side.
    Schenelles, take your boyfriend to see a dentist immediately. The pain is most likely coming from an infection in that area. If left untreated can cause severe damage to neighboring teeth and surrounding hard and soft tissues. The majority of modern human beings do not have room in their jaws (either upper or lower) to support 3rd molars (wisdom teeth). Our jaws now are much smaller in length and width as compared to ancient humans (eg. cro-magnin man):) The eruption of 3rd molars into an insufficient jaw causes the forces of that eruption to push against other adjacent structures, thus causing pain. Related to this phenomenon is when partially erupted wisdom teeth are covered by a layer of soft tissue that harbors major bacteria that leads to severe infection and pain. This phenomenon is called pericoronitis. Treatment is usually a course of antibiotics followed by removal of offending tooth and infected granulation tissue.
    It is much better to have wisdom teeth removed at an early age...... between 17 to 25. If one has problems later in life with these same teeth, the space between the supporting bone and tooth has usually disappeared thus fusing the tooth to the bone. Plus bone is denser in a 40 yr old as compared to a 20 yr old..............which makes for much harder and more expensive extractions, usually with more complications.

    Sorry to be so long winded, but please take your boyfriend to a dentist asap. Since your oral cavity is so close to your brain......and other major structures of your head and neck, an infection that gets out of control in this area is not a good thing!

    Kuzi Hsue, DDS, PS

    ps. Schenelles you or your boyfriend can email me privately if you have any questions.
  22. JaguarXJ6

    JaguarXJ6 F1 Veteran

    Feb 12, 2003
    Black Hawk, CO
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    So, you do get more thick headed as you get older? For a second, I thought you were talking about marriage.

    I was x-rayed 3 times due to bone density at 23. I guess it will be really bad when I get older! Hmmm. :D
  23. Ike

    Ike F1 Rookie

    Nov 4, 2003
    I need to make an appointment and get mine taken out. Apparently mine are impacted. I don't know if that makes it harder to get them out or not. I'm not looking forward to it. LOL
  24. wax

    wax Four Time F1 World Champ
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    Jul 20, 2003
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    Dirty Harry
    What roentgen said. Emphatically.

    I had an infection start on a Friday Night, got to Dentist first thing on Monday Morning. He refused to touch it, as he was afraid I'd die in the office. Referred me to an Oral Surgeon across L.A. - was there within 45 minutes. Tooth was out an hour and 15 minutes later. Not because he kept me waiting - rather, because he had to be absolutely precise. O.S. said another mm, (25.4 mm per inch) I'd have been dead. This was on the upper jaw. You could see the infection's relation to the tooth and other nerves, vessels, etc. via X-Ray. If it's on the lower jaw - hooboy...



    It's not as expensive as a quote offered earlier. Honest.
  25. Schnelles Fraulein

    Apr 1, 2003
    Long Island, NY
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    Schnelles Fraulein
    hey thanks everyone for the advice.. a couple of days later his tooth wasn't hurting as much, so we decided to leave it.. we don't have the money to have it removed, so he's gonna have to suffer!

    but thanks for responding!
  26. roentgen

    roentgen Rookie

    Nov 2, 2003
    Prevention is way better than the cure.

    Trust me I have removed thousands of teeth. Get things checked out when the swelling has resolved, this episode may be a harbinger of things to come.
    Any reasonable professional will let you make payments, 5 dollars a month.
    It's much easier to remove and much less post-operative complications when the swelling/infection resolved. Anesthesia works much better when with normal tissue ph, it changes with infection and the nerves are not blocked as well with infection.
  27. Enzo

    Enzo F1 Rookie

    Feb 14, 2002
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    Pat Pasqualini
    Not a good idea to wait. It will cost him more in the future
  28. 95spiderman

    95spiderman F1 World Champ
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    Nov 1, 2003
    i'm an oral surgeon and recommend wisdom teeth be evaluated in the late teenage years for extraction as that is when the teeth are smaller and the bone softer resulting in less complications.

    as to schnelles specifically, see a specialist asap and lean towards removal now. even if symptoms improve odds are they will return at a later date and removal at that older age will only make matters worse.

    good luck

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