Wisdom Teeth

Have you ever wondered about your wisdom teeth? As we grow and mature, we normally have three sets of teeth known as molars that develop in each quadrant of the mouth. The first molars usually appear at around six years of age. The second ones appear around 12 years of age and the third set of molars usually will try to grow in around 17 to 21 years of age. Since that’s considered to be the age when people become wiser, this set of third molars have the nickname, “wisdom teeth”. Actually, they are no different than any other teeth except that they are the last ones to erupt, or grow, into the mouth. Sometimes these teeth surface and have no room to develop. When this happens, some symptoms that may occur are: pain…infection in the mouth…facial swelling,,. and swelling of the gumline in the back of the mouth. At this point the teeth may be removed by your dentist before they become impacted. The extractions are performed under local anesthesia.

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