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Pulling a molar to make room for wisdom tooth

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Posted by: opaque  (2 years ago)
My top second molar in the right hand side was badly decayed and would need a root canal treatment. I was also told that my wisdom tooth on that side is coming in. Is it possible to pull the second molar to make room for the wisdom tooth? Thank you in advance for any advice!
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My top second molar in the right hand side was badly decayed and would need a root canal treatment. I was also told that my wisdom tooth on that side is coming in. Is it possible to pull the second molar to make room for the wisdom tooth? Thank you in advance for any advice!

I have done that before for patients, but it is unlikely that the wisdom tooth will align itself in good position without orthodontics. If you are fairly young, the orthodontics should go fairly quickly. If you cannot do orthodontics, better to save the second molar.
Posted 2 years ago
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Posted by: opaque  (2 years ago)
Thanks for replying quickly. I am only 15 years old. I might consider orthodontic treatment then as I have also one front tooth that was crooked.
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Thanks for replying quickly. I am only 15 years old. I might consider orthodontic treatment then as I have also one front tooth that was crooked.

In a 15 year old it will be simple to move a wisdom tooth into a 2nd molar position. It may take some time for it to erupt. Timing is everything in cases like this.
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