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Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are your third and final set of molars. Most people get them in their late teenage years, or early twenties. If they come in properly, and well-aligned, they can be a real asset, assisting in eating a wide variety of foods, and may help prevent gaps from growing between teeth as the years progress. However, wisdom teeth often come in misaligned.

When your wisdom teeth are misaligned, they may situate themselves horizontally, be angled toward or away from your second molars, or be angled inward or outward. When this occurs, they can crowd or damage adjacent teeth while negatively impacting your jawbone and nerves. When these ailments become evident, prompt removal is a must.

Another call for removal occurs when wisdom teeth become impacted. They become impacted because of a mismatch between the size of the teeth and the size of your jaw. This mismatch (blockage from other teeth) prevents your wisdom teeth from fully erupting into the mouth. Partial eruption results in an opening where which bacteria can occupy the space around the tooth and cause an infection, resulting in pain, swelling, jaw stiffness, and even illness. Partially erupted teeth are also more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease for the simple fact that they are harder to reach, and do not receive the daily oral hygiene care that they require.

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