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Old 01-06-2007, 08:14 AM   #46
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smoking a pack of cigarettes each day greatly reduces the risk of cavities. i bet all the zero-people in here smoke wildly.
Never a cigarrette in my life.

Nevertheless, I got a form of asthma

You can have wisdom teeth from 0 to 6.
It's not that much of an exception to never develop any wisdom teeth, but six wisdom teeth are a rarity


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I was 0 until 21+, i have 2 but prolly on my way for a third, also i need my wisdom teeth out

Now I'm 21 as well, and I was at the half-year check at December 27th.
My dentist said my teeth are perfect
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Old 01-06-2007, 09:15 AM   #47
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Perfect teeth You know........i dumped a guy once for having awful teeth......i know that may seem shallow...but having nice teeth is a big deal!
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smoking a pack of cigarettes each day greatly reduces the risk of cavities. i bet all the zero-people in here smoke wildly.
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Old 01-06-2007, 10:42 AM   #49
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Perfect teeth You know........i dumped a guy once for having awful teeth......i know that may seem shallow...but having nice teeth is a big deal!

I understand that perfectly well.
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I've had one cavity. I didn't let the dentist use novocain or anything when he drilled. I was more afraid of the shot in the gums than the drill.

I have great teeth. I never needed braces.
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One cavity but the type of filling I got was white (this was back in the early 90's when I guess that was new?) so I couldn't even tell you which one it was for the life of me.

All but one of my wisdom teeth are out.
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i had like 4 shots with the most lethal anaesthetic known to mankind when i was drilled
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With my top 2 wisdom teeth I can have the dentist pull them. The bottoms ones though grew in horizontal and are impacted.
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With my top 2 wisdom teeth I can have the dentist pull them. The bottoms ones though grew in horizontal and are impacted.
The dentist may still be able to pull the horizontal ones, if you'd rather do it that way. My second one was completely horizontal and impacted into my jaw, but my dentist likes a challenge and I swore to him I wouldn't freak out being conscious. It took a long time and felt like my whole face was being pulled off, but with the novacaine shots you don't feel any sort of pain. If you're not bothered or grossed out, it's not a big deal. The pulling of the tooth was far worse than my straight one because he had to do a lot of drilling and cracking to break it from the jaw (whilst I was awake), but with this one he gave me one suture which helped a lot in the end. The straight tooth he just pulled and left open, so I basically had a dry socket for a long time. It itched more than it hurt and took forever to heal, bled for several weeks. The impacted tooth he put in a stitch and I think that helped it start heeling immediately. No pain or itching at all, and I never took prescription meds, just some Tylenol for a day or two because of the headache from being held in a headlock for 15 minutes.

I'm glad I did them both this way. I observed what most of my friends went through after having them surgically removed and no thank you! Mostly I'm glad I didn't mess with the anesthesia or the Vicodin. A lot of people told me it makes them feel sick and barf. I was able to walk home after my procedures and had to eat soup for four days, could not rinse my mouth for a week, but I never felt groggy or sick. Also, I have this weird fascination with dentistry, so it's kind of cool to be conscious and see what's going on.
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smoking a pack of cigarettes each day greatly reduces the risk of cavities. i bet all the zero-people in here smoke wildly.
I started smoking when I was 11 yrs. old and had my first cavity when I was 18. As of now ... I have a total of 4 fillings.

I quit smoking 3 yrs. ago and haven't had another cavity since ... so there goes your theory !!
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The dentist may still be able to pull the horizontal ones, if you'd rather do it that way. My second one was completely horizontal and impacted into my jaw, but my dentist likes a challenge and I swore to him I wouldn't freak out being conscious. It took a long time and felt like my whole face was being pulled off, but with the novacaine shots you don't feel any sort of pain. If you're not bothered or grossed out, it's not a big deal. The pulling of the tooth was far worse than my straight one because he had to do a lot of drilling and cracking to break it from the jaw (whilst I was awake), but with this one he gave me one suture which helped a lot in the end. The straight tooth he just pulled and left open, so I basically had a dry socket for a long time. It itched more than it hurt and took forever to heal, bled for several weeks. The impacted tooth he put in a stitch and I think that helped it start heeling immediately. No pain or itching at all, and I never took prescription meds, just some Tylenol for a day or two because of the headache from being held in a headlock for 15 minutes.

I'm glad I did them both this way. I observed what most of my friends went through after having them surgically removed and no thank you! Mostly I'm glad I didn't mess with the anesthesia or the Vicodin. A lot of people told me it makes them feel sick and barf. I was able to walk home after my procedures and had to eat soup for four days, could not rinse my mouth for a week, but I never felt groggy or sick. Also, I have this weird fascination with dentistry, so it's kind of cool to be conscious and see what's going on.
The dentist I was going to regularly wouldn't pull the bottom teeth. However Im looking around for a new dentist so once I find one Im going to see if they will pull the bottom ones. This option sounds sooooo much better than the surgery! Things like this never seem to bother me. Would really prefer to get around having to take prescription medicine too if I can. One of my friend's had his done by a surgeon and I remember him saying that he couldn't handle the side effects of Vicodin. Plus based on your experience with the impacted tooth it doesn't seem like you had much to deal with afterwards

Thanks for the tip!
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Yep it never hurts to get a second opinion for anything! Feel free to PM me if you want more details.
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I have had so many cavities it's ridiculous. I've always brushed, flossed, used mouthwash 2 times a day. I also have a toothbrush and floss at my desk at work just in case I need it. It must be my family because we all have had a lot of dental work.

In jr high/high school, I had braces for 3 years with tons of little rubberbands. I could barely speak when they were in. I had to get 4 teeth removed just to get braces put on. I didn't have a single cavity the entire 3 years I had braces but I had tons before and after. A year after my braces came off I had to get all 4 wisdom teeth removed. I had a lot of pain from one of them until they were removed. I have asthma. The oral surgeon I went to would only give me gas to put me out. He said I had to be somewhat awake during the surgery in case I had any breathing complications. They gave me tons of gas so I was practically out anyway. I didn't have a single problem with being awake during the surgery. I also didn't have any problems at all once I got home. The worst part of the whole wisdom teeth experience was they used real stitches so I had to go in to get the stitches removed. That hurt like hell! I think they use ones that dissolve now but I could be wrong.

My teeth were so crooked and messed up before all of this! I haven't had to get any major work done since all other than fillings since high school.
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I'm glad I did them both this way. I observed what most of my friends went through after having them surgically removed and no thank you! Mostly I'm glad I didn't mess with the anesthesia or the Vicodin. A lot of people told me it makes them feel sick and barf. I was able to walk home after my procedures and had to eat soup for four days, could not rinse my mouth for a week, but I never felt groggy or sick. Also, I have this weird fascination with dentistry, so it's kind of cool to be conscious and see what's going on.
I would still feel more comfortable using an oral surgeon (which I did before braces) because they have several years more of training than a dentist. The dentist may lack the board certifications for teeth removal that an oral surgeon has.
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I would still feel more comfortable using an oral surgeon (which I did before braces) because they have several years more of training than a dentist. The dentist may lack the board certifications for teeth removal that an oral surgeon has.
Fair enough. In general it's good to research your options. My dentist was the best available here and we pay him more than the others cost because he's fixed teeth other dentists and surgeons said we had to have pulled or crowned. My mom calls him an artist when it comes to teeth. He's been doing this for 40 years and just retired this month because his back problems began to affect his work. I was more comfortable discussing options with him than some oral surgeon I'd never met and who'd never done work on my mouth before. IMO, I'll trade training and certifications for more experience and actually listening to the patient.
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