Wisdom teeth?

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  1. mmb5

    mmb5 Member

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    I have just read on another thread that USMMA requires cadets to have their wisdom teeth removed at least six weeks proper to indoc, to avoid the potential for problems at sea. Does USNA also require this?
     
  2. SAMom

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    I don't think so my son has not had his pulled!
     
  3. GoNavyMom

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    I was confused by this last year as well. Here's what I can tell you from my own experience.

    You are not required to have you wisdom teeth pulled prior to entering the USNA. However, if your child is having a problem with his or her wisdom teeth and may need to have them pulled, I suggest visiting a dentist now so that it can be taken care of at least seven weeks before I-Day.

    If all is good now but a problem develops once your child is at the Academy, the Academy dentist/oral surgeon will take care of it.

    GoNavyMom
     
  4. parkhurst89

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    My wisdom teeth stayed with me till I was a Lieutenant. I think what that guidance means is if a candidate is having problems with wisdom teeth get them pulled well before I-Day. The last thing a plebe can afford to have happen is be in the rack during plebe summer nursing four holes in their mouth.
     
  5. mumsyto3

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    How about routine dental cleanings? Are these done while they are at the academy? My son will be due for his 6 month cleaning this July. Is it best to go ahead and have him get it done early before he starts, or will they do it at the academy?
     
  6. parkhurst89

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    Full dental services will be available to him while attending USNA. He will get a baseline exam done to get him into the system and then it will roll from there. I would say if he has decent teeth save your co-pay.
     
  7. Kero

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    He will be forced to get one exam and cleaning a year, he can get more frequent ones if he chooses.
     
  8. jennyp

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    As I understand it, any problem whatsoever or potential for a problem with wisdom teeth is taken care of by removing them while they are at USNA. They do not want someone out in the fleet to have a problem. Dentist told our son that his were not ready to come out when he went in last spring, so he went on to USNA with them.
     
  9. falconchic88

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    funny this topic just came up, my son just had his out yesterday, and nursing them now! His ortho and dentist both told him last spring that he needed to have them removed in the next year or they would cause problems with his teeth shifting and could become impacted, so we finally found time to getrdone. He's glad he won't have to worry about it this summer!
     
  10. jennyp

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    My 23 year old had his out before Christmas. One popped out easily, second took nearly 3 hours. He was swollen and very sore for 5 days. Dentist left the third one in place. Got me to wondering how second son at USNA would handle it since it will undoubtedly take place over his four years there! I will worry that his will be difficult as well!
     
  11. falconchic88

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    Just an update, son is still slightly swollen, but not bad, and he did go to school today. He has finals tomorrow, so studying this weekend wasn't much fun, but just another character builder to help prepare him for what lies ahead.

    FYI, hubs had his taken out his Junior year at USAFA. Aside from the fact that they didn't give him any sedation other than local novacaine, he said it wasn't that bad, and didn't have a problem catching up with academics. I think they pulled his on a Friday.
     

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