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"Wisdom" teeth...
AndieLyn posted:
Do dentists/ oral surgeons still remove all four wisdom teeth at the same time if they decide they need to be taken? My bottom ones started coming in when I was sixteen, and are now impacted, and partially broken through the gum; and now at twenty-three, the top ones are coming in. My entire mouth hurts.
Zev Kaufman, DDS responded:
Dear AndieLyn:

I understand your concern and that you are uncomfortable. However, there is not much that can be done for you here, on this limited forum. You must go and see a dentist, preferably an oral surgeon and have the teeth evaluated and probably extracted.

The decision whether to remove all four at once is an individual choice of yours and your treating oral surgeon. will have a link to a qualified oral surgeon near you, or just ask your dentist for a referral.

Best of luck,
Dr. Zev Kaufman
AndieLyn replied to Zev Kaufman, DDS's response:
Thank you for your reply.

I do have an appointment in two weeks for x-rays, the earliest they could get me in. There isn't an oral surgeon anywhere near the town I live in that accepts my insurance, so it's just a general dentist for now.

I understand that removing all four is not usual, but I have been told by several different people that most oral surgeons won't remove all four at the same time, because it would require numbing both sides of the mouth at the same time, and generally they don't like to do that. But I have friends and family members that have had all four removed at once, and they all had varying degrees of pain. I had wanted to know the likelihood of having all of them removed without hospitalization, as that was what I was told would happen if I did have all of them removed at the same time.

Thank you again.
Zev Kaufman, DDS replied to AndieLyn's response:
Dear AndieLyn:

I am glad that you have made an appointment to see a dentist. It is the first step to proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

Ask your dentist, after the X-rays are taken what he/she recommends for treatment.

Best of luck,
Dr. Zev Kaufman

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