Impacted Wisdom teeth

I finally went to the dentist. It wasn't so bad. The staff and dentist was really nice. I got a teeth cleaning and flouride treatment.

looking at my X-ray, my two bottom wisdom teeth is VERY impacted!! I ask the dentist about it, and she said as long as i'm not in any pain and there is no infection its ok to ignore for now. Does this sound right??

I have a friend who is a dental assistant, but her MIL just died and dont want to bother her right now.

ANy help would be appreciated

Last edited by thelio; 06-01-2011 at 08:57 AM.
I don't know about impacted wisdom teeth in general, but my own were fully impacted and growing towards my other teeth - left unchecked, they would have caused serious problems, so they had to come out. I had them all taken out when I was 17.

Some people have enough room in their mouth for wisdom teeth - impacted or not. I think it depends more on what the teeth do - if they are moving or staying put and behaving themselves.
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they are completly on their side. the top part is pointing at the root of the tooth its next to. the tooth is actually touching the root. but i'm not in any pain.

she said if any of this change to come in ASAP.
If I were you, I would have them out electively before you're off your parents' dental insurance.
I have my own dental insurance through work. I haven't been to the dentist because i haven't had insurance.

I was thinking about that too, just do it while i have insurance. But do i just tell the dentist to take them out anyway?? I know once i go back to school i wont be working which mean no more dental insurance.
Oh, I'd definitely get them out now, then. Just tell them you want to do it now while you have insurance. It would suck to have to pay a couple thousand out-of-pocket when they go bad...which they probably will.
my bottom wisdom teeth are fully impacted. They are also stradling the nerve that controls feeling in my lower lip. I found this out when I was 20-21. I'm deathly afraid of surgery and I'm also afraid to loose feeling in my lower lip. The dentist back then told me I had to go to this specialist in Berkeley. I'm 26 now. I have no infections and no pain, but I need to get them extracted. I will probably go for another consult soon and maybe they are no longer stradling my nerve.

But yea, I've left mine in for 5 years and nothing bad has happened. But I need to get that taken care of
My back molars were impacted and they were removed back when I was in high school. The issue was two-fold since the impacted teeth were a potential problem, but also that it was clear my wisdom teeth didn't have enough space to come in. Removing the back molars allowed my wisdom teeth to come in without problem.

In your case, I would have the wisdom teeth out electively. I've learned through experience that if something bad can happen with your teeth, it will happen at the most in opportune moment (no insurance, on vacation, before an exam etc...)

If its the same procedure I had its done under local anesthetic - there is a lot of pressure when they are pulling the teeth out, but no pain. A couple of days of recovery and you are fine.


When I got mine out, I opted to get a Care Credit Card (through GE and only medical) that gave me 0% financing for 12 months per each individual charge over $300. The charges under were 3 months of 0% financing.

It was the best way for me to afford the four wisdom teeth to be removed as well as a root canal and a few fillings. That was all dental work that happened as a result of my mom's employer accidentally kicking me off of her insurance when I was 19 and not visiting the dentist until I got my own insurance five years later.

Prior to that, I had never had a cavity. Now I opt to pay out of pocket for more cleanings a year and use prescription toothpaste to prevent more dental work.

my bottom wisdom teeth are fully impacted. They are also stradling the nerve that controls feeling in my lower lip. I found this out when I was 20-21. I'm deathly afraid of surgery and I'm also afraid to loose feeling in my lower lip. The dentist back then told me I had to go to this specialist in Berkeley. I'm 26 now. I have no infections and no pain, but I need to get them extracted. I will probably go for another consult soon and maybe they are no longer stradling my nerve.
Originally Posted by coilynapp
I had one impacted molar that was touching my nerve. What they did was remove the top half of the tooth and keep whatever was near the nerve in my mouth. I was warned of losing all feeling as well.

my bottom wisdom teeth are fully impacted. They are also stradling the nerve that controls feeling in my lower lip. I found this out when I was 20-21. I'm deathly afraid of surgery and I'm also afraid to loose feeling in my lower lip. The dentist back then told me I had to go to this specialist in Berkeley. I'm 26 now. I have no infections and no pain, but I need to get them extracted. I will probably go for another consult soon and maybe they are no longer stradling my nerve.
Originally Posted by coilynapp
I had one impacted molar that was touching my nerve. What they did was remove the top half of the tooth and keep whatever was near the nerve in my mouth. I was warned of losing all feeling as well.
Originally Posted by Munchy
That's what they said they would do for me too!
One potential problem is that if the wisdom teeth erupt, they can crown the back molars causing decay. I'd have them removed now while you have dental coverage.

I can't have mine lower wisdom teeth removed because the roots are below the nerve line on both sides and no one would take the chance due to possible facial paralysis. Well, because I have dental issues associated with my medical issues, this hasn't turned out well.

Get the teeth removed.
I'd make plans to have them removed as soon as it's convenient and you can afford it. Sure, you could go for years without them causing pain. On the other hand, 6 months from now, you could end up with an infection and be forced to get emergency surgery. You just don't want to risk infection in a tooth because of the higher risk of complications. Be proactive and take control of your own health.
I'd make plans to have them removed as soon as it's convenient and you can afford it. Sure, you could go for years without them causing pain. On the other hand, 6 months from now, you could end up with an infection and be forced to get emergency surgery. You just don't want to risk infection in a tooth because of the higher risk of complications. Be proactive and take control of your own health.
Originally Posted by mrspoppers
Yeah, I agree.

Mine really weren't bothering me at all when we scheduled the surgery... But lo and behold, they suddenly started to become terribly painful and swollen just a few weeks before I had the surgery done. I'm so happy now, to have the surgery out of the way, and not have to worry about them anymore. You never know whether or not you'll have insurance in the future, and it's best to get them taken care of when you do.

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my bottom wisdom teeth are fully impacted. They are also stradling the nerve that controls feeling in my lower lip. I found this out when I was 20-21. I'm deathly afraid of surgery and I'm also afraid to loose feeling in my lower lip. The dentist back then told me I had to go to this specialist in Berkeley. I'm 26 now. I have no infections and no pain, but I need to get them extracted. I will probably go for another consult soon and maybe they are no longer stradling my nerve.
Originally Posted by coilynapp
I had one impacted molar that was touching my nerve. What they did was remove the top half of the tooth and keep whatever was near the nerve in my mouth. I was warned of losing all feeling as well.
Originally Posted by Munchy
That's what they said they would do for me too!
Originally Posted by coilynapp
It's the one that took longest to heal and still a little dent where it should have healed flat. My oral surgeon said that if it bothers me in the future, we can recut and stitch my gums again.

When I got mine out, I opted to get a Care Credit Card (through GE and only medical) that gave me 0% financing for 12 months per each individual charge over $300. The charges under were 3 months of 0% financing.

It was the best way for me to afford the four wisdom teeth to be removed as well as a root canal and a few fillings. That was all dental work that happened as a result of my mom's employer accidentally kicking me off of her insurance when I was 19 and not visiting the dentist until I got my own insurance five years later.

Prior to that, I had never had a cavity. Now I opt to pay out of pocket for more cleanings a year and use prescription toothpaste to prevent more dental work.
Originally Posted by Munchy

I was thinking of getting the care credit card. can i get it before really "needing" it, or do i have to wait? i wanted to get it for emergencies.

ok you guys have convinced me. i'll get them out. i have another appointment in november, i'll talk to the dentist then about it.
I'd make plans to have them removed as soon as it's convenient and you can afford it. Sure, you could go for years without them causing pain. On the other hand, 6 months from now, you could end up with an infection and be forced to get emergency surgery. You just don't want to risk infection in a tooth because of the higher risk of complications. Be proactive and take control of your own health.
Originally Posted by mrspoppers
Yup.

I was having splitting headaches from mine for days on end. It was instant relief once I had them out. I had to wait until I had my own insurance because my dad didn't believe in removing them.

He never had his removed...

at age 60 my dad gets really sick. Turns out his wisdom teeth on top have broken through the sinus cavity and caused a raging infection. The infection was so bad they had to treat that before removal.

It took him months to recover because he waited too long. It was a total mess and way more expensive than it should have been.
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I had one impacted molar that was touching my nerve. What they did was remove the top half of the tooth and keep whatever was near the nerve in my mouth. I was warned of losing all feeling as well.
Originally Posted by Munchy
That's what they said they would do for me too!
Originally Posted by coilynapp
It's the one that took longest to heal and still a little dent where it should have healed flat. My oral surgeon said that if it bothers me in the future, we can recut and stitch my gums again.
Originally Posted by Munchy

YIKES!
I had 3 wisdom teeth - one erupted, one partially impacted and one fully impacted. I had them taken out years ago and honestly, it wasn't that bad for me. I didn't even need to take the Vicodin they gave me (hate that stuff).

You should get this taken care of now, while you have insurance.
Is it weird that all of my wisdom teeth have erupted and they completely fit in my mouth?????

Get all your medical and dental procedures done while you still have insurance!
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