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What happens if wisdom teeth decay?

I am a 26 year old female and one of my wisdom teeth is decaying. What happens if wisdom teeth decay?

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i usually recommend extracting them...some we fill.
Hi there,

If your wisdom teeth decay you have few options: remove them, or restore them if they are in a fully functional occlusion ( bite also called bite).
Your dentist will recommend whatever is best for you.


Dr. Zoltek.
Wisdom tooth decay or any tooth decay for that matter can cause pain and discomfort. It’s better to get evaluated and if needed it should be taken out. In rare cases it can be filled or restored to use it for chewing and anchoring. Your dentist can answer better after proper evaluation.
It will hurt.
Any or all of the following can happen: pain, swelling, infection, difficulty breathing. On rare occasions, it can lead to death.
Hope this helps.
Decay or in other words “a cavity” is a bacteria that has infected the tooth. Like any infection it can grow and spread. Once the decay gets large enough it enters the “pulp” or nerve of the tooth and cause a a major toothache or even worse form an abscess. The decay must be treated with a filling at minimum or the wisdom tooth should be extracted. I hope this helps.
Very short answer: Infection and pain.
Depending on the level of decay, the tooth may require extraction or restorative work. Best to see a dentist for evaluation.

Sorry to hear about your wisdom tooth. The options for wisdom teeth that have decay in them are pretty much the same as the options for any other tooth with decay (extraction, filling, crown). It is our opinion on which one of these options is best and that opinion is based on the circumstances. If you have a nice straight wisdom tooth not causing any problems, or a wisdom tooth that has its roots near a nerve that we want to avoid; then we might consider doing a simple filling (possibly a crown if decay is large enough, I have even seen some with bridges on it). If your wisdom tooth is not straight and you don't use it to chew then we may think it is better to extract the decayed wisdom tooth so you don't have to deal with it in the future.

Best of luck to you!

William F. Scott IV, DMD