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  • Why do the smart ones always have to go?Colgate / WebMD / Mouth Healthy by the ADA

    Wisdom teeth

    Wisdom teeth

    Are a third set of molars in the back of your mouth that usually don't come in until ages 17-25.

    Why remove them?

    Most people have them removed because: they're impacted, they come in at the wrong angle or your mouth just isn't big enough or you have cavities or gum disease. When any of these happen the wisdom teeth can crowd or damage neighboring teeth, the jawbone or even the nerves.

    How to find out if you have wisdom teeth?

    Ask your dentist about your wisdom teeth. They may take x-rays periodically to determine the positioning and presence of your wisdom teeth. If the x-rays show that the wisdom teeth are impacted, coming in at an angle or that your jaw can’t handle another set of molars, your dentist may recommend that you have your wisdom teeth extracted before any problems develop.

    How are wisdom teeth removed?

    If you decide to follow your dentist’s recommendations are remove the wisdom teeth, he or she may extract the teeth themselves or refer you out to an oral surgeon.

    The position of the wisdom teeth will determine how the dentists (or oral surgeon) will remove the teeth. A wisdom tooth that has erupted through the gum can be removed fairly easily.When the wisdom tooth is under the gum it will require an incision into the gums and then removal of the portion of jaw bone that lies over the tooth. Most of the time when a tooth requires an incision, the tooth will be extracted in small pieces rather than all at once to reduce the amount of jaw bone being removed.

     

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