Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that usually erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. Sometimes wisdom teeth do not have enough room in the jaw to fully erupt. In these cases they usually become impacted or only erupt partially, both conditions can cause severe dental problems later on. Things that might develop include gum infections, bone loss, decay or damage to other teeth. If symptoms begin developing into these conditions, then a treatment plan should be developed for wisdom teeth removal.
Each year, about 10 million wisdom teeth are extracted from 5 million people in the United States alone! Most young people will need to undergo wisdom teeth removal surgery to maintain good oral health.
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