This post from Alaska Premier Dental Group is about wisdom teeth, and issues associated with them.
Wisdom teeth are sometimes called the third molars because they are the molars that are furthest back in the mouth. They are the last teeth to come in for most people, which usually happens in the late teens or early twenties.
Because they often come in crooked, or don’t fully erupt, many dentists recommend extracting them. If they aren’t extracted they can be painful, cause crowding, and even lead to gum disease. Moreover because of their position far back in the mouth, they’re harder to brush, and thus more prone to decay.
We usually recommend pulling wisdom teeth soon after they come in. When you’re still young, the wisdom teeth roots have not solidified in the jaw. That makes them easier to pull. Removing them later in life can be difficult; one patient who had all four pulled when she was in her forties said she need bed rest for a few days after the procedure.
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