Dental Patient Education


Wisdom Teeth


Wisdom teeth (or third molars), are the final teeth to develop. Most of us have four wisdom teeth, one in each corner of the mouth. They usually emerge during our late teens or early twenties.

Occasionally, wisdom teeth become entrapped or impacted in the jawbone and cause crowding , displacement, decay, infection or gum disease. Impacted wisdom teeth can grow in many different directions -- horizontally, vertically, or at an angle.

Angular, bony impaction of third molar (wisdom tooth).  graphic
 graphic Soft tissue impaction of third molar (wisdom tooth).


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