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    I had all four pulled in college, just before I got too old to be on my parent's dental plan. Did not have to be knocked out. I got conscious sedation. I was conscious, felt no pain, but really could care less that the dentist was pulling my teeth. Very relaxed with headphones and music .

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    Quote Originally Posted by San Onofre Guy View Post
    You don't need all four teeth removed. My dentist age 49 just had his lower wisdom teeth pulled. I was surprised when he told me that he had it done. He said that they had not been a problem until now and unless they are a problem they should be left alone he said.
    If a dentist recommends someone goes to an oral surgeon to have teeth extracted there is a reason. Professionals don't refer out for extraction surgery on a whim. The family dentist won't benefit at all from surgery done by an oral surgeon.

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    I had a lower wisdom tooth extracted when I was in my 20s. The roots had wrapped around and through the jaw bone. Reguired breaking of the jaw bone. I was awake. I watched the blood splatter on the dentist's glasses. I earned a reputation in that office for my toughness. That took over an hour. Novacaine had to be renewed half-way through. A week later I had the 2 top teeth removed. Took 10 minutes. The lower left tooth is still in place, I'm 54 y.o., and no problems with that one. Probably because I lost a tooth down the row as a teen and there was room for the wisdom tooth to push the others down to make room.

    If you have a university within traveling distance that has a dental school I urge you strongly to go visit. You'll get quality work done for an amazingly low price.

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    In Maryland, a dentist cannot remove teeth. Only an oral surgeon can. So referring to an oral surgeon is not an indicator of problems.

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    I have never heard of a licensed dentist who is not permitted to extract teeth. Having said that, I am not familiar with the regulations in Maryland.

    Some complications that could arise from wisdom teeth being left in place: gum infection, damage to surrounding teeth, cysts, dental caries.

    If the opposing wisdom teeth are not removed, a condition called supraeruption may occur. This means that the remaining teeth, because they have no opposing teeth to contact with, may continue to grow out of the gum.

    The older a patient is when the extracton(s) occurs the greater the chances of complications and the longer the recovery period will be. If a dentist determines that some of the wisdom teeth need to be extracted it is usually more economical and prudent to have all of the wisdom teeth extracted together. One benefit is that the patient will have only one period of healing.

    It is always up to the patient to make the ultimate decision for any dental procedure. I am merely trying to explain some of the reasonings for the recommendation of wisdom tooth extraction.

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    DD is having hers out at the Dental school, which is three hours away from us. Cost - all four done by an oral surgery student -which is post, post grad, with anasthesia - $760.00. There are a lot of time issues involved, staying overnight in the city, etc, etc but I have only heard positive things about others having this experience...

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    I used to go to the dental school at Ohio State. I was unemployed and without insurance. I was able to pay in cash without cringing from the cost. I was able to get extra treatment at no cost because I had a unique situation and presented an opportunity for teaching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catwoman View Post
    DD is having hers out at the Dental school, which is three hours away from us. Cost - all four done by an oral surgery student -which is post, post grad, with anasthesia - $760.00. There are a lot of time issues involved, staying overnight in the city, etc, etc but I have only heard positive things about others having this experience...
    Yes this can be a very cost effective way to have them removed. Because the students are supervised so carefully it is highly unlikely any mistakes will be made. It is a good way to go!! As you mention, the only down side is the time involved. Students work much slower than experienced dentists.

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    I spoke to the dentist today who said there are pros and cons to removing all four wisdom teeth, but that it is not necessary to remove the top two (unlike the bottom two, they are not nearing a nerve) and the trend nowadays is to NOT do unnecessary surgery. I am checking into a government program that would pay a part of the cost - but it is a long process and I may not get an answer/to schedule the surgery in time - dentist thought DS had a couple months only before he would be in pain. I hadn't thought of dental schools - will research that. Thank you.

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    Yppej,
    If you could wait until 2012 to do the top teeth and your employer offers a Flexible Spending Account, that would be one way to get the treatment "discounted" by the tax savings. From what you said about him facing pain in a few months, it sounds like the bottom ones shouldn't wait.
    Tufts has a student dental clinic in Boston, but I'm guessing that might be a bit too far away.

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