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Wisdom teeth are the upper and lower third molars, located at the
very back of the mouth, that usually come in (erupt) when a person is between
17 and 21 years old. They can cause problems if there is not enough room for
them to grow in normally or to be cleaned properly.
Most problems with wisdom teeth develop in people between the ages of 15 and 25. Few people older than 30 have problems that require removal of their wisdom teeth.
Wisdom tooth problems include the following:
A dental professional can examine the teeth and gums for signs of
erupting or crowded wisdom teeth. He or she can take X-rays to see whether the
wisdom teeth are causing problems now or whether they are likely to cause
problems in the future.
The most common treatment for wisdom tooth problems is removal
(extraction) of the tooth. Experts disagree about whether to remove a wisdom
tooth that is not causing obvious symptoms or problems.
September 2, 2011
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Arden Christen, DDS, MSD, MA, FACD - Dentistry
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