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Do all wisdom teeth need to be extracted?

Not all wisdom teeth need to be extracted. When a wisdom tooth erupts cleanly through the tissue without compromising the adjacent tooth, the wisdom tooth can be retained in the mouth with little concern. However, removal of the wisdom tooth is indicated if the tooth has partially erupted through the gingival tissue causing inflammation and at times infection. A soft tissue growth over a partially erupted wisdom tooth is referred to as an operculum. If bacteria are trapped under the operculum, swelling with an associated bad taste can occur; this is called a pericoronitis. The wisdom tooth can also erupt at an angle such that the adjacent molar can become difficult to keep clean and free of dental caries. If the third molar has erupted through the tissue but is without opposing occlusion (contact with other teeth), extraction should still be considered. Considering the posterior position of an erupted wisdom tooth, these teeth are often difficult to keep clean.

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Comment from: AM, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: May 22

The removal doesn't hurt; it's the recovery when you feel pain. Personally, I had an awful experience. They started me on nitrous to calm me down and I started seeing black dots so that was a no-go. Then they gave me a calming medicine through an IV as well as the medicine used to make me unconscious. The surgery took roughly 20-30 minutes. I only have stitches on the bottom and I am in pain although not excruciating pain now that the numbness is wearing off. They prescribed me oxycodone (5 mg) and it's helping. The first two days I suggest using ice on your cheeks for swelling. After that, use moist heat for pain.

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Comment from: steven, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 18

Yes, I don't care what the dentist says, it is painful. After the anesthetic wears off there is a constant throbbing pain in the mouth for 24 hours. I had to take two days off work to recuperate.

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