I don't like this topic one bit.
I have all 4 of my wisdom teeth still in. I will be 30 in January. 3 of them are still impacted but the one is coming in. I noticed it painlessly coming in about a year ago, then it stopped progressing. I had gone to the dentist and he recommended it getting removed. Well, I am not for any type of invasive procedure unless it is absolutely, positively necessary. And...the hygienist also agreed - why fix something that isn't broken? So, I left them in.
8 months ago it started to hurt. The gum around it was tender. I used some oral benzocaine for a while and then...the pain stopped.
Now, the pain is back again. It appears to be more sore than that last time, but again, I look at it and there doesn't appear to be any evidence of mayhem back there - just tender gums from it breaking through (obviously). The tooth itself does not hurt, my surrounding teeth do not hurt, just the gums where it's coming in. Again, I am applying benzocaine and taking ibuprofen. I hoping it just goes away.
But people I talk to keep saying I should get them pulled, they will get infected, etc. Both my parents have their wisdom teeth without problems. The point is - I don't want them pulled! I don't want to go through the procedure, the pain, and the time off I'll have to take. I might get dry socket (ouch!) or worse yet - nerve damage as the other 3 are still impacted!!!
Has anyone gone through wisdom teeth coming in with some pain and them NOT having them pulled and everything being normal?? Please say it's so.
Jun 27, '02
i had no pain at all but the dentist noticed them coming in on x-ray and recommended them removed cause they were going to crowd my other teeth. my insurance paid for all. took percodan for the first day and then one the following day and that was it. still have a hole there but it has caused no problem. good luck miss suzy!
Last edit by tiger on Jun 28, '02