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 Tooth eruption at 45


From: James Baker (jbaker@halcyon.com) Subject: Teeth erupting at age 45 Date: 2001-03-17 21:02:03 PST I am male, 45 years old and have had no fillings, crowns, pulled teeth or any other dental work. But my backmost top and bottom wisdom teeth never erupted on the right side; until now. Now the bottom tooth has mostly erupted causing minor pain for the last 2 - 3 days. On inspection it looks like the top tooth might do the same. The top gum is slightly sensitive and feels more "pointy" than I remember. So my question is: Is this common? Cause for alarm? Cause for immediate dental attention? Or should I wait and see what happens next? I prefer email replies and will summarize to the list. jbaker@halcyon.com From: Orthodmd (orthodmd@aol.com) Subject: Re: Teeth erupting at age 45 Date: 2001-03-18 03:28:05 PST how interesting! we know that most people suffer a loss of arch length (the measurement from molar to molar around the circumference of the arch) with age. in primitive peoples this loss can be rather dramatic and it was caused by a rough diet. that is the purpose of wisdom teeth: to replace the ones worn down through use. most people have wizzies removed as teenagers but you didn't and that is why you now have them erupting. nothing to worry about unless they stay partially erupted, which they proably will. they can be the site of recurrent infections and possibly lead to damage of the back half of the second molars. I would consider discussing this with your dentist and lean towards having them removed. if your teeth are as healthy as indicated, you don't need these teeth as replacements for others and they will only be a cause of problems for the others. Charlie Ruff, DMD Specialist in Orthodontics Diplomate American Board of Orthodontics From: Joel_Eichen (joel_eichen@excite.com) Subject: Re: Teeth erupting at age 45 Date: 2001-03-18 04:03:32 PST Too bad for us .... but good for you! Go to a dentist and get an x-ray, but beware of the answers ...... I'd get a friendly x-ray ....