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 Post subject: Wisdom teeth removal
PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2017 1:26 pm 
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Just wanted to run this by you.

My son is supposed to be having an operation in October, to have his wisdom teeth removed. They showed up as starting to grow, from an xray last year and we were advised that it would be better to have them removed, as it looked like there wasn't enough room, and they could become sore or infected.

He doesn't feel them growing, and they are not causing any problems. In "my day", our dentists would just say, if the wisdom teeth start hurting a lot, then they'll whip 'em out. Mine were sore for a while, but then grew sideways and stopped growing, so were left alone.

We have to get another xray done just before the due op; in case there are any changes (stopped growing hopefully!). But, my paranoia self can't help wondering if this is just another way of sharing work and income within the industry, at my son's cost. Naturally, he is bricking the idea of the operation, and it's not compulsory, and could in fact lead to problems that he may not have had otherwise.

I only think this as we've had a couple of other health instances where we have been referred to other specialists, and it all turned out a waste of time. In fact, I cancelled a load of allergy appointments for my daughter as we identified it as stress and exéma. I'm losing faith with the health experts, as I think they are often just lining each others' pockets.

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 Post subject: Re: Wisdom teeth removal
PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2017 1:34 pm 
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Both our kids had their wisdom teeth pulled the year before they sat for their BACs. It seems to be fairly standard practise, night in hospital and swollen mouth for a day and it's done and dusted. No future problems or impacted teeth


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 Post subject: Re: Wisdom teeth removal
PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2017 2:29 pm 
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I'm sure at least one of mine had a wisdom tooth removed here. I know oour oldest was offered this in the UK in her mid-teens, just before we emigrated (18 months wait on NHS, next week if we paid £1500...). Whatever, our experiences with French dentists have been a lot better than over there - with one exception.
I doubt it's going to be a problem - dentists seem to have too much work here. Anaesthetics have come a long way too.
She says, still trying to summon the courage to make an appointment for a broken tooth in the middle of her mouth...

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 Post subject: Re: Wisdom teeth removal
PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2017 5:35 pm 
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Some years ago my wife went to have all her remaining upper teeth removed and a new set made.

When they were fitted it was a big shock. He had added at least 20 years to her age by ignoring the fact that she had always had something of an overbite (evidenced by the previous set which were made correctly) and the result was that her upper face had appeared to have 'caved in'

We bittlerly contested this and a meeting was arranged between him, his assistant, the man who made the teeth and our bi-lingual French neighbour. The neighbour shared our outrage at his assertion that he was bound to replace as should be, not as was. The assistant and the technician said nothing, but were visibly embarrassed.

A new set was made, to mimic the old and her previous set. No charge, but he insisted on keeping her old set. Destroying the evidence I suppose.

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 Post subject: Re: Wisdom teeth removal
PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2017 5:53 pm 
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I had three of my four wisdom teeth removed in my 20s when they did start to cause a few problems. Nothing serious but they got sore and there wasn't any room for the. The fourth is still there..never came through. They were all done under local anaesthetic as they were through. Personally I'd wait until they start causing problems, if they do.

I've had a couple of suggestions for treatments that I thought were medically unnecessary. I'm a bit cynical about some specialists doing more than the essentials.


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 Post subject: Re: Wisdom teeth removal
PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2017 8:49 pm 
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My son had top and bottom orthodontics done and after that an x-ray showed a couple of wisdom teeth growing at an angle (cannot remember if upper or lower) so recommended their removal so they did not push the other teeth out of alignment - this was in Doha and was done under general.

Back in UK our NHS Dentist (who is brilliant and I would trust 100%) looked at notes, x-rays etc and said he would not have recommended it at that time as often they start at an angle then go straight.

I can ask him for more details if you wish.

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 Post subject: Re: Wisdom teeth removal
PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2017 6:21 am 
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Thanks for the great responses. I think we'll get the appointment for the second xray and take it from there.

I know my son would rather leave it, and I'm inclined to also. I want to trust our dentist, as she is lovely but I know the French system like prevention rather than cure.

If you're happy to ask your NHS dentist, niemeyjt, that would be great. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Wisdom teeth removal
PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2017 8:15 am 
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I had mine removed at 16 (same reasons)and I'm a complete idiot now.
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But seriously,
go for the second opinion, I'm of the opinion that a good and healthy set of gnashers is as important as a healthy body. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Wisdom teeth removal
PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:58 am 
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There are many factors to consider in this case. Not least is the age of your son.

Mainly, wisdom teeth should be left alone until they cause problems but there are circumstances where the position of the teeth is such that retaining them risks more problems than removing them. This can only be judged by a suitably qualified dentist or oral surgeon.

There is no firm rule, just assessment of the balance of risk in each case.


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