Posted by: Elizabeth | 2004/10/16


Wisdom teeth

I'm 20 and got my first wisdom tooth a couple of months ago. I saw my dentist this week and he took xrays. He told me that if they are in a good position he can remove them, otherwise he'll have to refer me to a maxillofacial and oral surgeon.

The xrays showed that my top teeth were fine, but the bottom ones were completely horisontal facing towards my tongue. So he reffered me and I got an appointment with the surgeon for November.

I'm scared to death about this operation. I know that thousands of wisdom teeth are removed each year, but considering the position of my teeth is it more risky or in anyway abnormal from other wisdom teeth?

Expert's Reply


Oral health expert


Horizontally impacted wisdom teeth are more risky to remove. The important aspect for post operative pain/numbness is the position of the nerve in relation to the tooth.
See the maxillofacial surgeon before the operation so that he can discuss the risks and possible complications with you.
Having said that you are correct that it is a very common procedure which is carried out with a great degree of success.

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