Question: Wisdom Teeth, extraction? 
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 Question: Wisdom Teeth, extraction?


  I've got a question about something I've been putting off now for some
time.  Namely, getting my impacted wisdom teeth pulled by an {*filter*}
surgeon.  My question is this...I've seen the xrays...the wisdom teeth
are clearly pressing on the root (i.e. one of them) of at least one
of my molars.  In spite of this odd position for the tooth there is
no pain involved with any of my impacted wisdom teeth.  So, since
there is no pain..should I necessarily get them pulled?  I mean, I'm
sure this IV they give you knocks you out totally, but the idea of
cutting and digging just doesn't appeal to me very much for some reason.
Also, my old dentist and several people told me that there will
possibly be complications of my not getting them removed...for instance,
food/foreign substances getting stuck under the gumline and causing
infections, misaligning all of my other teeth and causing major cavities
which would result in all of my teeth needing pulled, etc.  I've heard
plenty of scary stuff....also please note that my least favorite thing
to do is to go to the dentist...because in the past I've ALWAYS needed
something painful to be done on each visit :-{  Anyhow, any advice
would be sincerely appreciated.


Sun, 21 Sep 1997 03:00:00 GMT
 Question: Wisdom Teeth, extraction?
Ahh... Just forget it. What the hell. You got better things to do with you
time and precious money. The teeth will take care of themselves, they
always have.

Tue, 23 Sep 1997 03:00:00 GMT
 Question: Wisdom Teeth, extraction?
Having seen, interpreted, and understood the x-rays, why not just take the
next step and pull the bastards yourself? Face it, you'll be many bucks
ahead. You can do it in a well-lighted bathroom mirror. The anesthetic
only cost a few cents, just kind of inject it in that area, and if it
doesn't get numb, just inject a little more. A retiring dentist will
probably sell you all the tools you need pretty reasonably. Or just use a
regular screwdriver and channel-lock pliers.

Tue, 23 Sep 1997 03:00:00 GMT
 Question: Wisdom Teeth, extraction?
There is a certain window of opportunity during which time it is best to
have these teeth removed.  This window of opportunity starts usually in
the mid to late {*filter*} years and extneds into the early to mid 20s.  The
onset of symptoms or deleterious effect do not always occur during to this
time.  But waiting for problems to occur is not always wise.  It is best
to deal with these under your terms rather than theirs.

I am an {*filter*}& maxillo{*filter*} surgeon who has taken many of these teeth out
in both categories.  If you fall into the former you will be much better
off, your recovery and chance for complications are much less if done
during this time.

The reason is the greater elasticity of the bone and the better {*filter*}
supply for increased healing during this time period.  The procedure can
be made quite pleasant with the use of sedation or general anesthesia.
The post operative course can be made more tolerable with carefule
attention to detail in your care and suitable pain relievers.

Good Luck

Thu, 25 Sep 1997 03:00:00 GMT
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