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Old 01-17-2020, 08:01 PM
 
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Im 46 and have a partially impacted 3rd molar. The molar next to it had been deeply filled. It finally absessed and was pulled. Im not certain but maybe now that the second molar is gone the partially impacted tooth is more visible.



Is it possible for the tooth to want to erupt now since the molar stopping it before is now gone?
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Old 01-20-2020, 07:38 PM
 
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The tooth is more visible now because it's drifting forward to fill in the space where the other tooth was extracted. This is called mesial drift. You can watch a video of how it happens here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtpA...=youtu.be&t=35


When a tooth drifts forward like that, it won't sit straight, it'll be tilted forward like you see in the video....your wisdom tooth won't completely erupt nice and straight like a normal tooth.
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Old 01-21-2020, 08:49 PM
 
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It has certainly become more visible but it hasnt come out of the gums... i dont know if i should put myself thru a surgical extraction now or see if it comes out enough where they can get it without cutting bones and gum.


I figured i wad past the window of it wanting to move but i have cleared its path.... perhaps.
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Old 01-22-2020, 07:53 AM
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I'm 45 and still have both my third molars on the bottom; I never had any on top. One decided to partially erupt when I was 33. It was pretty annoying, but not overly painful. My dentist warned me that it could abscess if I kept it, but I decided to go with the wait and see approach. It's now more than halfway erupted and I don't even notice it anymore. The other one is still dormant.

My husband had a fully erupted third molar pulled without being put under (just numbed) and it was quick, easy, and painless. He was about 30 at the time.
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Old 01-24-2020, 12:09 PM
 
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Do you think waiting and allowing it to erupt further would make extraction easier? Its still below gum but becoming more visible than it was just a few months ago.
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Old 01-24-2020, 03:14 PM
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It would make it easier--just have to ensure it doesn't abscess or affect the other molars. We never had issues with our other molars when our third ones came in. Our dentist took bitewing xrays as well and we were in the clear when our third ones decided to erupt.
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Old 01-24-2020, 03:54 PM
 
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Does your dentist want to extract it? If not, just leave it alone.
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