My wisdom teeth are fully in, they are not impacted; however, they do have cavities & I am getting them removed. Do they require surgery if they are not impacted or can they be extracted?

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 07 - October - 2011, at 03:36 AM

  • Wisdom teeth don’t aid in mastication and no treatment is required for them. If the tooth has cavities, then either you can get them restored or you can get them removed. Wisdom teeth are last teeth to come and it is difficult to clean till the wisdom tooth which can lead to infection in the wisdom tooth. If you don’t want to get the wisdom tooth removed and save it, then you can get that filled with composite restorations or can get them filled with amalgam restorations. If the teeth are fully erupted, then simple tooth extraction may be done. At times, the roots of the erupted tooth are close to the nerve or the bone is very dense in that area or in case of grossly decayed tooth, oral surgeon will do surgical tooth extraction in case of erupted wisdom tooth.  An oral surgeon will first take an x-ray to first see the condition of wisdom tooth and then will decide whether to go for simple tooth extraction or surgical tooth extraction. For more info on wisdom teeth, you can refer to following article… http://www.identalhub.com/article_understanding-wisdom-teeth-152.aspx

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