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13Mar2011

Some Thoughts About Wisdom Teeth

MOST PEOPLE’S WISDOM TEETH EMERGE anywhere between the age of 17 to 27 years. Wisdom teeth grow in the very back of your mouth in the upper and lower jaw bones, and are the last big molars to develop in the four corners of the mouth. You guessed it… They’re called “wisdom teeth” because people are supposed to be wise by the time they come in!

For some people, wisdom teeth only partially erupt, or don’t erupt at all. This is referred to as an “impacted wisdom tooth,” and it can sometimes lead to a host of problems in your mouth—including gum disease, bone-destroying cysts, crowding, damage to adjacent teeth, and unwanted decay. For the lucky ones, wisdom teeth grow in fine and don’t cause any problems at all.

Our Dentists here at Wackford Dental have a great deal of experience in extracting wisdom teeth. Whether or not you have obvious problem symptoms, it’s important to evaluate existing or potential problems with your wisdom teeth. Removal is often the wisest decision for your well-being and oral health.

Our friends at Bupa (United Kingdom) created the illustration below that demonstrates the relationship of the teeth in your mouth, where your wisdom teeth are located, and how they should look if they grow in without any problems:


Are you curious whether or not you should have your wisdom teeth removed? Any fun stories about when you had to “let them go”? Share it with us below in the comments section! Or, visit us on Facebook and share there!

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