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2nd molar replaced by wisdom tooth.

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Posted by: Susanag  (6 months ago)
My 17th year old needs a root canal on tooth #15. His dentist recommended that he have that tooth extracted instead of the root canal. He said the wisdom tooth would grow down and take the space of #15. Is that in fact a good idea over the root canal?
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My 17th year old needs a root canal on tooth #15. His dentist recommended that he have that tooth extracted instead of the root canal. He said the wisdom tooth would grow down and take the space of #15. Is that in fact a good idea over the root canal?

I do this sometimes. One time a root canal failed on a teen's second molar and I had to extract it. The wisdom tooth came in OK, but I had to guide it into perfect position with braces. Wisdom teeth average a little smaller in size than 2nd molars.

What you described is an acceptable compromise, and shows your dentist has your teen's best interest in mind.
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