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    Stories About Your Wisdom Teeth

    Okay, I've heard that it's a truly awful experience to have these pulled after age 20. I have yet to have mine pulled, and I'm pushing 25! At my age, it's even more dangerous. There is risk of permanent nerve damage, speech impediment, lower face paralysis, infection, jaw fracture after surgery from chewing simple food, and other things I'd rather not even think about.

    Up until now my wisdom teeth haven't been giving me any problems, but recently I noticed that when I bite down (sometimes) I feel a sharp, sometimes mild tickle deep inside my jaw, especially when I release my teeth, sometimes it feels more like a sting. It's hard to explain. I'm guessing it's the beginning of a serious problem that needs to be addressed... but I might be too old

    The ideal age to have these teeth pulled is between age 17 and age 19. After 20, the risk of complications, especially prolonged healing increases by a significant percentage. I'm interested in your stories, particularly if you had your wisdom teeth pulled after 20, and like me, around and/or after age 25.

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    I don't have wisdom teeth, i remember as a kid the dentist explaining my lack of them to my mother and myself. He said I was a step up on the evolutionary ladder because human beings are gradually losing them. Whether that statement of his is scientifically sound I don't know, but it did wonders for my self esteem at that age!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffwolf View Post
    I don't have wisdom teeth, i remember as a kid the dentist explaining my lack of them to my mother and myself. He said I was a step up on the evolutionary ladder because human beings are gradually losing them. Whether that statement of his is scientifically sound I don't know, but it did wonders for my self esteem at that age!
    most people have them starting to show up when they're adults, so what the heck he was talking about?

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    No stories to tell yet. Both my mom and sister got them very late, not sure about my dad.

    My dentist said it looked like there was little room for the wisdom teeth when they arrive, so we better remove them.

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    I had to have one of my top wisdom teeth removed a couple of years ago because it was impacted. Other than that no problems with the wisdom teeth. It didn't require me taking a sedative.
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    I had just turned 19 and was a freshman in college. Mine were impacted and caused some pain. I went to an oral surgeon and was asked to bring a cd. I put on the headphones they gave me and was clonked out by some sort of gas or another. The procedure was painless.

    The terror began later that day. They gave me a prescription for vicodin. It turned out I was allergic to it and threw up everywhere. I got a prescription for codeine instead. The next morning I woke up and my cheek was the size of a baseball. A tooth shard had gotten stuck in my cheek apparently. I spent New Years 2003 getting my cheek lanced.

    Oh, and the insurance company decided to give my parents the runaround.

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    I am 44 and have never had a single wisdom tooth break through the gumline or cause any pain due to impaction. One dentist has told me there might be one or two buds inside the gums, but they seemed to have remained dormant. Odd for me, considering my oral cavity is very small...but thankfully....so are my teeth, lol.

    My daughter, only in her 20s, has had all four of her wisdom teeth pulled.

    Beats me.

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    My mom is apparently a step up on the evolutionary ladder, as she never had any wisdom teeth either, but unfortunately I'm a victim of atavism I have two in my lower jaw, 10% exposed, and what feels like an impacted tooth on one side of my upper jaw.

    It feels like my lower wisdom teeth are covered with bone, so if I chose to have them taken out, they will have to remove plenty of bone in order to get to them. That's a little scary.

    I'm going to get X-rays now

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