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Horizontally Impacted Wisdom Teeth



Junior member
Aug 21, 2009
2 Years ago I decided I should go to a dentist to see if my wisdom teeth needed to come out. I mistook jaw pain that the dentist felt was tmj for pain caused by the wisdom teeth. So he took an x-ray and told me my wisdom teeth are horizontally impacted but that they're wrapped around in my nerves. So he told me the risks and I was about to go for it anyway. but then he said "Listen, if it were my son in here and i saw this xray, i'd tell him not to take it out" and that's what stopped me from getting them removed. I was 24 at the time and he said, its not gonna grow out any more so unless you have pain or swelling don't take the risks and take it out.
So i didn't... Now people are telling me that there are risks in leaving horizontally impacted wisdom teeth in my gums.. and now i wonder if I should reconsider and take them out. What to do???


Staff member
Verified dentist
Oct 25, 2005
Get regular x-rays taken about once a year, if there's a problem shows up on the films, have them out, if not, leave them alone.