Wisdom Teeth

What are wisdom teeth?

  • Wisdom teeth, also called "third molars", are found at the very back of your mouth and are the last teeth to come in.
  • They have been called wisdom teeth because they usually appear during the late teen years, which have been called the "age of wisdom".
  • Wisdom teeth do not make you smarter, but they can be painful and give you problems. You may not get all four wisdom teeth.

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Should I get my wisdom teeth removed?

  • Not everyone’s wisdom teeth need to come out.
  • Wisdom teeth that become trapped in the jaw bone are called "impacted" and may need to be removed. Consult your dentist.

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What are the symptoms associated with wisdom teeth?

You may experience:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Headaches
  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty opening your mouth
  • Pus coming from the gum ( gum infection )
  • Tooth decay/cavities  (wisdom teeth that are partially out of the gum are prone to decay)

See your dentist professional if you have any of these symptoms, or have any other concerns about your teeth.

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