Impacting wisdom tooth - Removal alternative?

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Woody

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May 17, 2008
 
About 4 months ago my dentist told me I should get my wisdom tooth removed as it is impacting on the gum right at back of my mouth. She said if I didn't have it removed, it would become infected. Wrong! Although it's quite painful from time to time, it has not become infected and looks very healthy.

The gum is covering about 6 mm of the tooth at the back of my mouth. The tooth is straight and doesn't have any decay. It looks great! Why would I want to remove a perfectly good tooth? They don't come along very often.

I have spent hours looking online for an alternative procedure - why can't the dentist just cut my gum back a bit to allow the tooth to be free?

I'm going to seek a second opinion, and if I can't find a dentist who will do it, I'll do buy a scapel and do it myself. This is the logical solution to me.

Anyone heard of doing that instead of removal?

Thanks!
toothfairy

Canada

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May 24, 2008
 

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you could remove the surrounding gum; however, removal of the wisdom tooth now will save you a lot of headache in the future. Following wisdom tooth removal you heal up much faster when you are younger than say when you are 60 yrs old. In addition, statistically, you are much healthier now than you will be later in life, ie. you will heal better. Leaving the wisdom tooth there will only cause problems, you won't be able to clean it well cuz its so far back there, this will cause cavities, in the end it will have to go. In the end it is up to you. Your dentist went to school for 7-8 yrs, you think you know more then him????
lovemyteeth

Thornbury, Australia

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Jun 1, 2008
 
I agree! I was also told I would need to remove my wisdom teeth but five years on they are still doing well! Occaisonly one gum does get infected and I'd love to fix this problem, but I want to explore every option available before simply extracting them all! Please let me know if you find something out - there should be more alternatives out there for people who don't want to remove perfectly good teeth!
Joelius

Geneva, NY

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Jun 8, 2008
 

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Fairy boy if we want to hear something that the dentist already told us we'll go talk to him. We want a different opinion.
Joelius

Geneva, NY

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Jun 8, 2008
 
sorry my internet was doing somthing screwy....
BriaMiberi

Seattle, WA

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Mar 9, 2009
 
There are stem cells in wisdom teeth! There must be alternatives to the current ones we are told...it is just a capitalistic fact that oral surgeons make a lot of money doing these extractions...and,they refuse to take payments! They are a hostile, greedy group of "professionals." I mean, really, years ago a dentist would remove these teeth...now, dentists are pressured to refer clients to oral surgeons (as in: kick-back fee). This professiona has gotten out-of-control and we are constantly bombarded with fear tactics from them. In France,dentists are kinder and often have comfortable and relaxing offices in their homes. In fact, in much of Europe dentistry is a lot cheaper...think: Medical Tourism! You could get a vacation for the same price as these USA oral surgeons (over)charge. Besides, France has the best medical care in the world. Budapest and Germany are also good options...or, India. I would do this on priciple alone: I find it reprehensible how greedy the dental profession is in the USA. Many people die each year from an abscess in a tooth because dentists only want cash (or a good insurance policy) upfront. So, take a trip and get your dental work done...and you just might get a better second opinion as well.
Living in Japan

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Feb 15, 2010
 
According to my dentist I cant have my wisdom tooth removed because it is dangerously close to the nerve and I risk losing feeling in my lip and tongue. I was referred to an oral surgeon who DID a small operation to cut back some of the gum. It was successful at first but the gum is growing back and occasionally food gets stuck and causes painful inflammation. I wish I could get it removed but Im not taking the rish and my dentist doesnt want me to either...
Lynda

Tehachapi, CA

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Mar 31, 2012
 
Amazing people with some wisdom!! I am looking for an alternative for my teen daughters! I have had 3 of my wisdom teeth removed over the years, without drama. The first one was extracted by a Dutch dentist for $300 successfully, The second by a US dentist & did leave a numbness in my tongue but has gotten better every year, the last an oral surgeon in Honolulu used as leverage for his entire weight before it yielded!!! But it came out without complications. The fourth is lodged happily against the back molar giving me no trouble. And it can stay there. As for the medical profession, I'm glad I'm out of it..... Will keep on looking
Vikas

Gurgaon, India

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Apr 4, 2013
 
NOTE NOTE NOTE:
contact at 888-981-8851 (dentist that gives expert advice on phone) and gEt a legitimate solution.So just call.
Teeth

Wigan, UK

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Nov 10, 2013
 
I think all of this "death from teeth crap is rubbish."Are you lot insane? The human body will fight any infection by itself. Never mind antibiotics, which will clear an infected tooth. removing wisdom teeth is a no, no, unless absolutely necessary. You are scaring people away from oral health. MORONS.

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