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Wisdom Teeth (Third Molars)
Teeth grow in as we grow up. Our mouth, by and large, is only able to hold 28 teeth. However, by the time we are between the ages of 18-20, we are expected to have 32 teeth inside of our mouths! These 4 extra teeth that come into play at this age are called the third molars, but most people refer to them as “Wisdom Teeth”. Very few people are able to keep these extra teeth after our teens because most of the time, they do not grow in the way the rest of our teeth do. Most of the time, these teeth will grow in at an angle that is not supported by the jaw, bone, and gum tissue causing stress and pain to the rest of the mouth. Other times, these “Wisdom Teeth” will stay completely under the surface of your gums, which consequently, is not where teeth are able to reside.

These poorly positioned wisdom teeth can result in further complications:

  • Tooth decay

  • Periodontal disease

  • Adjacent tooth loss

  • Tooth crowding

  • Cysts or benign growths within the jaws
  • If you have concerns regarding your wisdom teeth, an accurate diagnosis of the growth and development inside your mouth can be provided to you. The longer you wait to remove these impacted teeth once they begin to grow angularly, the more likely you are to experience additional pain and a complicated healing process.

    Click on the following link for further information on “wisdom teeth” from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

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