Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Your last teeth to come in, known most commonly as your wisdom teeth, are your third molars. They have been referred to as the "teeth of wisdom" since the Seventeenth Century. Since these late molars usually appear between the ages of 17-25, you are thought to have entered adulthood and be "wiser" than when your other teeth erupted.
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the teeth farthest back in your jaw. For some people, they only experience a partial eruption of the wisdom teeth or they may not erupt at all. Unerupted wisdom teeth have the potential to cause problems with neighboring teeth and gums. Teeth that have not erupted through the surface of the gum are often referred to as "impacted". This means that they are being forced against neighboring teeth or bone preventing them from coming into the mouth in the correct biting position. Since they are the last teeth to come in, space is most likely very limited.
When wisdom teeth are trapped below the gum line and pushing against neighboring teeth, these molars can cause problems such as infections, cysts, or gum disease. This may cause damage to the roots of important permanent teeth.
The best time to remove wisdom teeth is before they cause problems. By the time the tooth develops painful symptoms, significant damage to nearby teeth may have already occurred. Removing wisdom teeth should be discussed with your dentist.
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