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June 15, 2012 3:46 PM
I went to the dentist this week and she reccomended (like every other dentist I have seen since I was 16) that I have all 4 wisdom teeth removed. I'm not totally convinced. I did agree that my bottom 2 teeth need to be removed because one is half way through (for the last 2 years) and the other just started coming through. BUT my top 2 wisdom teeth came in fine, no issues or over crowding and certainly no cavities. Why do I need to have 2 perfectly healthy teeth surgically removed? I have no problems cleaning around them. I have excellent hygiene, never a cavity. The dentist couldn't give me a solid reason. I asked my MD and he said other than monetary gain he didn't know why they would insist on removing them.

So my question is..Have you had only 2 wisdom teeth removed and regretted it? Can anyone think of a reason I should torture myself and have all 4 removed?

Thanks in advance.
  17942156
June 15, 2012 3:49 PM
I recommend you do what the experts say by default. If you do your research and find that there are sound reasons not to remove them, so be it, but why would you accept the opinions of a bunch of uneducated strangers on a weight loss forum over your dentist?
June 15, 2012 3:51 PM
Get it all done at once is like killing two birds with one stone. Get it done and over with a never have to worry about it again. There's always that chance that you perfect teeth won't be so perfect once all 4 start pushing through. However, if they aren't bothering you, why bother going through the surgery?
  17548435
June 15, 2012 3:51 PM
I have all four of mine completely grown in... gonna keep them... no need to pay $1000+ to have them pulled. HAHA
  2015243
June 15, 2012 3:52 PM
I have all 4 of mine. They wanted them removed of course.
Edited by MotorCityFemmeFatale On June 15, 2012 3:53 PM
June 15, 2012 3:54 PM
I never had my wisdom teeth removed, I have all of mine. Never has caused me a problem (I'm 38).

My daughter's dentist says she should have hers removed, and I probably will.
  1043511
June 15, 2012 3:54 PM
DO IT. I am 24 and never had my wisdom teeth removed, I have been SUFFERING for the past week because of one. It is so hard to clean them thoroughly. I have to brush my teeth 4 times a day because if anything gets stuck it HURTS. not to mention they pushed all of my teeth closer together so its impossible to floss correctly and looks not good. do it now before you have to do it when you're writhing in pain like me.
  17951671
June 15, 2012 3:55 PM
I had all 4 removed at one time and it really wasn't that bad. I know everyone's experience is different, I had an excellent doctor that tried to work around what my insurance would and would not cover as far as putting me out during the procedure. He had to because of my gag reflex but insurance said if that were the case then I needed to see an actual surgeon. My doc gave me 3 pills to take in his office and I was out like a light 20 minutes later. Woke up after the procedure and was sent home, recovery was a piece of cake.
  3079018
June 15, 2012 3:56 PM
I went to my dentist only two days ago all mine are through he said to keep them and not remove any if they are fully through! Will cause more problems than anything
  18936614
June 15, 2012 3:59 PM
I had all my 4 taken out, and it wasn't actually that bad. I had to get them because I was having jaw pain and my teeth were getting all squished and crooked because I didn't have enough room in my mouth. I had them taken out on Good Friday and was eating like normal on Easter Sunday. I was swollen up like a chipmunk for not even two days. I had a great surgeon. But remember everyone as different reactions to the surgery. If you feel comfortable with just taking those 2 out then go for it. But you have to remember if you eventually need to get the other 2 removed you're going to have to be under anesthesia twice.
  24278875
June 15, 2012 4:00 PM
Im 32........annnd my dentist has been telling me to have the BOTTOM 2 removed FOR THE PAST 5 YEARS HAHAHAH. Of course I have resisted and now I have a cavity in one of them. They are like halfway out or less duss how I got a cavity. Its bothersome at times and food gets trapped in there all the time!
I have given in and will have them removed in 2 weeks...hahhahahah
June 15, 2012 4:01 PM
Here's the other thing. Do you know what tomorrow will bring? Do you know that should you have issues later that you'll have whatever health insurance you have today? Why don't you ask your dentist what the consequences could be should you leave them in place for now? Also, check out the cost of removing them should you suddenly lack insurance.
June 15, 2012 4:01 PM
I had all 4 of mine removed (totally easy, even with 2 impacted - had a great oral surgeon and didn't even have any bruising or facial swelling... definitely not 'torture'!) and I'd do it again in a heartbeat if I had to as they caused me some trouble... but if only 2 of yours bother you and your dentist can't give you an actual reason why they should all come out, why do all 4?
June 15, 2012 4:03 PM
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I recommend you do what the experts say by default. If you do your research and find that there are sound reasons not to remove them, so be it, but why would you accept the opinions of a bunch of uneducated strangers on a weight loss forum over your dentist?


Well considering the dentist couldn't give me ONE valid reason to remove the top 2, neither could the oral surgeon or MD I'm thinking I will keep them. Dentists typically tell everyone to have all 4 removed. I was curious to know if anyone had made the decision to only remove the teeth that were bothering them. Btw I am a nurse and I don't accept opinions as gospel, just looking for experiences.
  17942156
June 15, 2012 7:05 PM
I only had 3 wisdom teeth. I had all three removed when I was 20. I drank too soon and got dry sockets but no bruising or swelling. My older brother waited until he was 25 and they started coming in. He could only open his mouth about half an inch. My husband has all 4 of his, they have all come in, and a dentist and an orthodontist both say he needs to have 6 teeth removed (and 2 years of braces) to relieve severe crowding (and one tooth cracked because of the pressure). He would have had to have 4 removed if he'd gotten them done when he was a kid. I would listen to the doctor. Taking 4 out is only a little worse than 2 (the bottom ones are worse), but getting 4 out at once is definitely better than having 2 out, waiting a few years and having to take another one or two because of problems.
  7425054
June 15, 2012 7:21 PM
Im kind of like you. my top two came in fine and settled in perfectly. My bottom two both partially came in. Those I had removed. No one cared that I elected to keep my top two. However.... I recently had a cavity in my top right one. Im telling you.... that crap HURT and I have a high threshold for pain. I had to be renumbed. and its sensitive even now to cold and heat. My dentist said the nerves run differently on them and it was normal to have sensitivity. I kind of kicked myself at not getting them removed after all that.
June 15, 2012 7:23 PM
i had all 4 removed at once. never regretted it.
June 15, 2012 7:25 PM
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i had all 4 removed at once. never regretted it.


Same here. It was nice to not worry about them anymore, and I've never noticed a problem.
June 15, 2012 7:26 PM
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I recommend you do what the experts say by default. If you do your research and find that there are sound reasons not to remove them, so be it, but why would you accept the opinions of a bunch of uneducated strangers on a weight loss forum over your dentist?


Well considering the dentist couldn't give me ONE valid reason to remove the top 2, neither could the oral surgeon or MD I'm thinking I will keep them. Dentists typically tell everyone to have all 4 removed. I was curious to know if anyone had made the decision to only remove the teeth that were bothering them. Btw I am a nurse and I don't accept opinions as gospel, just looking for experiences.


:) You sound like you're perfectly capable of making your own informed decision, then.
June 15, 2012 7:26 PM
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i had all 4 removed at once. never regretted it.


Same here. It was nice to not worry about them anymore, and I've never noticed a problem.


and apparently it increased your chances of pregnancy! :)
June 15, 2012 7:27 PM
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i had all 4 removed at once. never regretted it.


Same here. It was nice to not worry about them anymore, and I've never noticed a problem.


and apparently it increased your chances of pregnancy! :)


LOL! Clearly! wink
June 15, 2012 7:28 PM
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i had all 4 removed at once. never regretted it.


Same here. It was nice to not worry about them anymore, and I've never noticed a problem.


and apparently it increased your chances of pregnancy! :)


LOL! Clearly! wink


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June 15, 2012 7:29 PM
I dunno, man. All 4 of mine were impacted so they were miserable. But I do know my cousins had 2 removed and they've been fine. But I'd be careful going against recommendation
June 15, 2012 7:29 PM
I had all four of mine taken out when I was 16. It's no biggie...I even worked a 12 hour shift at my job at Shopko the next day (the gal who was supposed to relieve me called in sick cause she had two of hers taken out the previous day...imagine the crap the managers gave her for being a wuss when I volunteered to take her shift). I looked like a chipmunk by the end of the day, and took a pain pill that night to sleep, but within a few days I was 100 percent completely normal (well, as normal as I get anyway)
June 15, 2012 7:31 PM
I have 1 on top that has come through. My 2 bottom ones are sideways. My dentist won't touch the bottoms because she said it would do more harm to my mouth to try to remove them right now. She said she will leave the tops ones since I haven't had any issues with them.

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