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Wisdom teeth appear in the mouth usually between 16 to 25 years of age. They are the third and final molars in the back of the mouth, and are extracted if they are causing problems. These teeth are commonly removed to prevent current or potential future problems. Removing wisdom teeth can be a complicated procedure, in which case an oral surgeon may perform the extraction.

Wisdom teeth can be a great asset if they are healthy and straight. Misaligned wisdom teeth can cause problems to the surround teeth, jawbone and nerves.

In some cases, wisdom teeth only partially break through the gums. When this occurs, the tooth becomes susceptible to infection resulting in pain, jaw stiffness and general sickness.

Every now and then, your dentist may take an x-ray of your wisdom teeth to monitor their condition, and make recommendations on any necessary procedures. In special cases, your dentist may refer you to an oral surgeon for additional evaluation.


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