February 26, 2021

Lonnie Listonsmith

Experienced Health Expert

Talk to dentist when it comes to COVID concerns

2 min read

Dr. Richard Greenberg

Q. I have an impacted wisdom tooth that the gum is receding from. It has not yet caused me any discomfort. However, I have had two sets of X-rays and it needs to come out. I have contacted an oral surgeon and I am going to schedule removal. Should I wait till I am vaccinated against COVID before removal? I have been taking extreme measures during 2020. — M.J.R.

A. This is an excellent question and my answer will have relevance (I believe) to many others.

When you talk of the need to extract your third molar (wisdom tooth), I am concerned as to the rationale. By definition, if a wisdom tooth is impacted, fully or partially, it has not yet erupted into your oral cavity (mouth). If this is the case, then it cannot be indicated for extraction as a result of a receding gum. That is the fact.