Wisdom tooth problems

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Hey everyone! I'm 16 years old and my wisdom tooth (bottom right) is starting to erupt. It hurts A LOT & the orthotologist said it might need to be removed, but there is something odd I see. A flap of my gum is sitting in between the partially erupted third molar and the second molar. It's literally in between the two and can be lifted up. When lifted, there's some redness which could signify blood, but I quickly put it down so it doesn't bleed. It looks like my bottom gum is elongated, but i'm not quite sure how that would happen. Is this normal?

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    Hi darling yes nasty I had very similar problems at your age! You do need to see your dentist and tell your mother too! Are you by any chance double jointed? This could be what is causing your wisdom teeth problems. What ever you do need to see your Orthologist as he is quite correct! I assume from your speech you are in the USA in the UK we call it Orthothodentsts! 
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    I suspect that your orthotolgist will need to remove it. Also depending on the size of your jaw, you might have to have all your wisdom teeth out if it is small, to allow the rest of your teeth to have the space. I had this done when I was 18 years old. Four perfectly good wisdom teeth removed, as I had a very small jaw. The gum sounds odd, so I would hask your ortho about it as soon as possible.

    Regards, Val.

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    Hi, I definitely have a unique perspective on wisdom teeth given my experience and my research, so I would say definitely do not take them out unless you need to! Though the practice of removing wisdom teeth is somewhat common in the U.S. (though becoming less so), it isn't even done in Great Britain (and most of Europe) unless there is disease, as wisdom teeth are a completely natural and necessary part of our body. Removal also can and does (from my experience and talking to others), change your face shape slightly, and not in a good way. The reason these teeth hurt coming in is part of the normal teething process that happens when any tooth comes in, it is usually not a sign of a medical issue. Even the American Academy of Orthodontia/Dentistry etc. has recently changed their stance on removal, and claimed there is no benefit unless there are signs of disease (which is extremely rare). Nature gave us these teeth for a reason, they make your bite stronger, your face more beautiful, and serve as back up teeth should another tooth fall out/need to be removed. Don't fall for the racket!
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    After reading the comment from vic110  I would take advice from your dentist. Methods do change over the years, so consult him as soon as possible.
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      Vic astonishing something like routine circumcision of male infants! Goodness me what is it like in the USA! In the UK no dentist will remove wisdom teeth unless they cause terrible problems. I had my lower ones removed as I have Elders Danlos type III and would have died if my dentist had not removed them. I was at University at the time in the 1960s I caught a train home, rushed to my dentist who said if you had left it 24 hours later you would have died. Of course neither he nor I knew I have both EDS or Sjögren's Syndrome then! 
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      I have always lived in the UK. Whether that dentist was correct or not, I will never know.  Tried finding out about Elders Danloss type 111 with no luch. Can you explain what it is?
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      Elhers Danlos is an inherited problem. If you are double jointed you have it, if not don't worry. However if your orthodontist suggests it should be removed then that would be my view too. Why does he suggest this are your teeth overcrowded? If you have overcrowded teeth it's free until your 18 after then it will be expensive. It's your choice but if your in pain and bleeding then you need to see your Orthothodentst and have it removed. 
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