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Old 06-25-2009, 07:06 AM   #1
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Unhappy Filling on wisdom tooth biled as tooth 17?

Hello everyone!

I would appreciate a little insight in to this. My bottom two wisdom teeth never surfaced and the top two did. I have less teeth on top than I should though, due to two molars being extracted for braces, years ago. I explain this to any new dentist, so that they know that my last molars on top are my wisdom teeth (with two regular molars missing, one from each side on top, it can be confusing). I had never considered having any of my wisdom teeth removed (the impacted ones on bottom or the ones that surfaced on top) and left them all until when/if any issues arose.

A few years ago, I had problems (pain and cavity) in one of the top ones. My dentist removed it. I have a new dentist now (I moved) and a couple weeks ago I began to have pain around my other top wisdom tooth. I expected it would likely need removing too. At my regular check up, I asked the dentist to take a peek at it. He took xrays and told me that the wisdom tooth was actually fine but that I had two cavities, in nearby teeth (shadows). He spoke of referred pain (although there was nothing wrong with the wisdom tooth, that was where I was feeling the pain). I came back for the two fillings but one of the teeth he filled WAS my only top wisdom tooth. Huh? The bill says tooth 17 filling but it's tooth 18. I said to him, isn't that my wisdom tooth? He said no, they are impacted. I said no, they are impacted on the bottom only and that tooth is my wisdom tooth. Right, he said.

So, WTH? Has a mistake been made? Should he have just pulled the wisdom tooth? Why tell me the wisdom tooth was fine, fill it but bill me for tooth 17? Do teeth numbers change when teeth are missing? What's going on here? I'm confused about what to do.

Thank you!

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Old 06-27-2009, 12:59 AM   #2
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Re: Filling on wisdom tooth biled as tooth 17?

Okay, first of all, are you from somewhere other than the US? I'm trying to figure out if you are using a different numbering system. Tooth number 17 is indeed a wisdom tooth, but it is the lower left wisdom tooth, not an upper. The upper left wisdom tooth is tooth number 16. This is if you are using the most common numbering system in the US. Now if we're talking a different numbering system here, then I'm assuming you are referring to your upper right wisdom tooth. Sometimes if a tooth has drifted into the place of another tooth it is very easy to mistakenly name it the tooth that it is functioning as (in your case, the second molar you are missing is being replaced by your wisdom tooth). Even if his numbering was off, I'm sure he didn't work on the wrong tooth. Sometimes there is an error in the paperwork, but most likely he worked on the correct tooth. The key here is how are you feeling? Is the pain gone? If it is, then I wouldn't get too excited about it.


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