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Is wisdom tooth removal the new racket in dental care?

Asked by Aster (18756points) March 28th, 2018

I have three of mine; no problems. But I’m hearing more and more people and family members being put under and having them removed. Racket or good dental practice?

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janbb's avatar

Some wisdom teeth create problems as they grow in or become impacted. I never had a problem but both my sons had theirs removed years ago. This has been being done for a long time.

imrainmaker's avatar

It really depends on individual situation. They grow differently in various individuals and can cause issues later if not removed. I would go with the “wisdom” of the doctor in this case but will try to save them as far as possible.

johnpowell's avatar

Mine started coming in and they were causing pain that I just dealt with.

Like solid pain and I just took pills to cope. Eventually my aunt was concerned and said she would pay to get them yanked since I was going overseas for a month. It was 1K to get them yanked but it it was worth it to not have a dental emergency in Warsaw.

JLeslie's avatar

This isn’t a new thing. I think once braces became very commonplace more wisdom teeth started being pulled. You don’t want wisdom teeth messing up all that time and money spent on straightening your teeth.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

In the 90’s I had all four wisdom teeth removed it cost $950 per tooth to be removed. I saw the x-rays of my upside down and crooked wisdom teeth. I took their word for it.

Aster's avatar

I didn’t mean to imply that , until now, nobody had them pulled. What I meant was it seems it’s becoming the ïn” thing to do.
I had one removed in ten minutes when I was twenty eight. I didn’t know about how involved it could be or if it would hurt. He just reached back there, twisted it out and put cotton on it and I drove off and took the cotton out. No pain pills, no antibiotics. Nowadays I’d probably be put to sleep and be charged thousands.

JLeslie's avatar

@Aster Yeah, and if you pull one now it’s typically the same. But, if you have them extracted before they have erupted (surgery) when the teeth are still below the gum line, it’s a much bigger deal. More risks, painful, and a few to several days of healing, etc.

RocketGuy's avatar

I had 4 of mine pulled in 1982…

johnpowell's avatar

@Aster :: A lot can depend on the skill of the dentist.

When I was around 17 I had the middle of a tooth fall out. It didn’t hurt that bad until it hurt really bad. I just dealt with it until I couldn’t. I was making 4.25 a hour at the time so it totally fucked me to go to the dentist. So 80 bucks to yank it or 1K to save the tooth. I went with the cheaper option.

I did get the gas.. So during the extraction I could tell things were not going well. The dentist had his leg on the chair for leverage and was whipping my head around trying to get the thing out. I didn’t feel any pain but it seemed really violent. It was mentioned that my roots are crazy and the extraction would be difficult.

He failed and passed me on to a oral surgeon who saw me the next day. That dude had the tooth out in about 15 seconds. I was not pleased.

Aster's avatar

ˆˆˆ^ sounds like a true nightmare!

RocketGuy's avatar

Better than a screwed up root canal – I had a summer of pain for that.

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