Questions: Wisdom Teeth, Crowns, and related problems.... 
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 Questions: Wisdom Teeth, Crowns, and related problems....

  Hi Fellow sci.med.* readers,

    I have some questions that someone might know the answers too.
I (about 2 months ago) had to have a back molar crowned because it broke.
The process of getting the crown wasn't as bad as I thought it would be,
but as a consequence of the crown I got a couple dental x-rays taken.  I
was told by the dentist/dental-tech that I had AT LEAST one impacted wisdom
tooth that would need to be extracted.  I was led to believe that it
would need to be extracted prior to the final crown seating, but was
later told it could be done afterwards (but that it should be done
soon).  The dentist wanted to pull it out under novacaine when he was
grinding down the molar for the crown.  I almost went thru with that but
the dental tech told me that it would be alot easier to do IV sedation
with a {*filter*}surgeon.  Anyway, as you might guess I'm not looking forward
to this procedure and as a general rule like to avoid anything that is
rahter invasive and involves alot of {*filter*} loss.  However, I have been
kinda told that I might be risking absesses and root canals in the teeth.
I'm wondering though, is a root c{*filter*}really a legitimate concern?  I
mean worst case won't they pull the wisdom tooth anyway?  Why perform a
root c{*filter*}on it?  I have been told that absesses are a new definition of
extreme pain, but I'm not sure how long my wisdom teeth have been
impacted and so far they have caused no pain whatsoever.  So I am
wondering....am I just being given the worst case senerio or is an
absess/necessity to have my wisdom teeth all pulled an inevitability?  
Afterall, like I said I didn't think I even had wisdom teeth until the
dentist told me and they have caused no pain at all.  I kinda thought
that the fact that the back molar was crowned might make it easier for THAT
wisdom tooth to get infected, but can't I just take more care to brush
that area or something?  Ideally I would like to avoid the wisdom tooth
extraction, but am wondering if it's possible and what the risks are.

Thanks Alot,

-Jeff H.



Fri, 13 Dec 1996 21:36:39 GMT
 Questions: Wisdom Teeth, Crowns, and related problems....


Fri, 19 Jun 1992 00:00:00 GMT
 Questions: Wisdom Teeth, Crowns, and related problems....
-> soon).  The dentist wanted to pull it out under novacaine when he was
-> grinding down the molar for the crown.  I almost went thru with that
-> but the dental tech told me that it would be alot easier to do IV
-> sedation with a {*filter*}surgeon.  Anyway, as you might guess I'm not
-> looking forward to this procedure and as a general rule like to avoid
-> anything that is rahter invasive and involves alot of {*filter*} loss.
-> However, I have been kinda told that I might be risking absesses and
-> root canals in the teeth. I'm wondering though, is a root c{*filter*}
-> really a legitimate concern?  I mean worst case won't they pull the
-> wisdom tooth anyway?  Why perform a root c{*filter*}on it?  I have been
-> told that absesses are a new definition of extreme pain, but I'm not
-> sure how long my wisdom teeth have been

What they meant to say was you could have problems caused by the wisdom
tooth being in a poor position, which might affect the teeth around it.
More than likely you would not need a root c{*filter*}because of an impacted
wisdom tooth.  It sounds like you should get the tooth out, ideally
before the permanent crown is seated.
Discuss it clearly with your dentist.

Louis Malcmacher DDS



Sat, 14 Dec 1996 00:48:00 GMT
 Questions: Wisdom Teeth, Crowns, and related problems....


Fri, 19 Jun 1992 00:00:00 GMT
 Questions: Wisdom Teeth, Crowns, and related problems....
I wouldnt' have any wisdom teeth pulled unless you are in pain. Pulling
wisdom teeth is a scam. There is evidence that the jaw continues to grow
throughout your lifetime to accomodate them, whether they are still their
or not.


Tue, 24 Dec 1996 09:38:14 GMT
 Questions: Wisdom Teeth, Crowns, and related problems....


Fri, 19 Jun 1992 00:00:00 GMT
 Questions: Wisdom Teeth, Crowns, and related problems....
-> I wouldnt' have any wisdom teeth pulled unless you are in pain.
-> Pulling wisdom teeth is a scam. There is evidence that the jaw
-> continues to grow throughout your lifetime to accomodate them,
-> whether they are still their or not.

I don't know where you get your information from but pulling wisdom
teeth is not a scam.  there are legitimate reasons to have them pulled.
You jaw does not continue to grow because if it did, you would look like
a caveman by the time you were forty.

In one respect, you may be right.  Pulling wisdom teeth should not be
automatic for anyone,  each case is decided on its own merits.

Louis Malcmacher DDS



Wed, 25 Dec 1996 01:46:00 GMT
 Questions: Wisdom Teeth, Crowns, and related problems....

Quote:

>-> I wouldnt' have any wisdom teeth pulled unless you are in pain.
>-> Pulling wisdom teeth is a scam. There is evidence that the jaw
>-> continues to grow throughout your lifetime to accomodate them,
>-> whether they are still their or not.

>I don't know where you get your information from but pulling wisdom
>teeth is not a scam.  there are legitimate reasons to have them pulled.
>You jaw does not continue to grow because if it did, you would look like
>a caveman by the time you were forty.

>In one respect, you may be right.  Pulling wisdom teeth should not be
>automatic for anyone,  each case is decided on its own merits.

>Louis Malcmacher DDS


  However, since I asked originally.  Why would you pull a wisdom tooth
if it seems to be causing little if any pain at all?  Actually, I never
knew I had 'em until the dentist hit my with the joyous news.  (Yea, I
know alot of people have them end up impacted, etc...).  The thing is
that since removing the teeth isn't exactly that minor a thing, why have
it done "just in case"?  Also, I was told to have it removed because of a
crown I just got on that molar....but the dentist/dental tech said, "hey,
why not just have them all pulled out at once..".  So, I'm going to have
all 4 pulled out now because (presumably, based on what little info the
dentist gave me) the tooth might cause pressure on the crown and make it
come off.  The dental tech did show me x-rays and say that an absess was
possible which I guess would cause alot of pain, make me want to have the
tooth pulled, and I s'pose make my head explode or something.  We'll
see.  In the meantime, does anyone else have any idea why getting it
pulled might be reasonable?

Thanks,

Jeff Hochman  [someone still afraid of dentists and those needles that go
               into the sensitive parts of your GUMS!!!!!  OUCH!!!!]



Thu, 26 Dec 1996 11:17:00 GMT
 Questions: Wisdom Teeth, Crowns, and related problems....
 I should have wrote the teeth continue to move forward whether or not
the third molars are present.  Why is it that so many older people have
their third molars and so many dentists now recommend they be pulled?
Wisdom Teeth that look like they may impact, may right themselves given
time. Two molars may not be enough to last a lifetime (i.e. Trauma causes
fracture of second molar)


Mon, 30 Dec 1996 23:33:06 GMT
 Questions: Wisdom Teeth, Crowns, and related problems....
I should have wrote that the teeth continue to shift forward in the mouth
whether or not the wisdom teeth are present.  A wisdom tooth that looks
like it is or will impact may right itself given time. Why is it that so many
older folks still have their wisdom teeth and dentists today  now
recommend removal overwhelmingly.  Two molars might not be enough to
last a lifetime. (Trauma to teeth including cracked molars, grinding of
teeth, etc.)


Wed, 01 Jan 1997 02:30:16 GMT
 Questions: Wisdom Teeth, Crowns, and related problems....
I should have written that the teeth move forward int the mouth whether
or not the wisdom teeth are present. In addition wisdom teeth that look
like they may impact and cause trouble on an X-ray may write themselves
given time. Why is it that so many older folks still have their wisdom
teeth and that today  most dentists overwhelmingly recommend their
removal.  Two molars may not be sufficient to last a lifetime, given
trauma including teeth grinding, large fillings, cracked molars, etc.


Wed, 01 Jan 1997 02:43:09 GMT
 
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