Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth are the very back teeth on either side of the upper and lower jaws, and are more correctly described as the third molar teeth. They are the last teeth to erupt into the gum line, usually between the ages of 17 and 21.

For some lucky people with enough jaw space to accommodate their wisdom teeth, they do not cause any problems at all.

However, it is quite common for there to be insufficient space in the jaws to allow wisdom teeth to take their correct position, and consequently they remain partly or completely below the surface of the gum. Sometimes they may be deeply buried inside the jawbone. Wisdom teeth, which have failed to develop into a normal position or are on an angle, are commonly referred to as being "impacted". Over 80% of wisdom teeth need to be removed and it is advised to remove wisdom teeth earlier rather than later in life.


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