What's it like: To have your wisdom teeth removed
from The Oklahoman
Wisdom teeth are your third molars, the last teeth to come in, usually appearing between age 17 and 25. Most people have at least one impacted wisdom tooth, which means your tooth is unable to fully enter your mouth. When wisdom teeth are impacted, they can cause problems. The problem most people have with impacted wisdom teeth is that there isn't room for them to come into a healthy maintainable position. Often times, they can develop infections, periodontal disease and also cysts or tumors in the jaw bone. Sometimes they will exert pressure on the teeth in front of them, which can cause damage to those teeth and contribute to crowding.
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