Wisdom Tooth Problems (cont.)
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Exams and Tests
Your dentist will examine your teeth and gums for signs of a wisdom tooth coming through your gum or crowding other teeth. You will have X-rays to see whether you have problems with your wisdom teeth now or whether they are likely to cause problems in the future.
The most common treatment for wisdom tooth problems is removing the tooth (extraction). This involves opening the gum over the tooth, removing the tooth, and closing the gum with stitches if needed. Recovery usually takes just a few days.
Experts disagree about whether to remove a wisdom tooth that is not causing obvious symptoms or problems.
What to Think About
Wisdom teeth are as useful as any other teeth if they come in properly and there is plenty of room in your mouth for good dental care.
Talk to your dentist about whether to have your wisdom teeth removed. You and your dentist may consider several things, including:
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