wisdom teeth


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A popular term for the 3rd molars that usually erupt during late adolescence and which, given the physical confines of the jaw, often become impacted

wisdom teeth

Dentistry A popular term for the 3rd molars that usually erupt during late adolescence and which, given the physical confines of the jaw, often become impacted. See Permanent teeth.

Patient discussion about wisdom teeth

Q. What are wisdom teeth? Why so many people talk about them and suffer from them?

A. Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that most people get in their late teens or early twenties. Sometimes these teeth can be a valuable asset to the mouth when healthy and properly aligned, but more often, they are misaligned and require removal. Wisdom teeth present potential problems when they are misaligned – they can position themselves horizontally, be angled toward or away from the second molars or be angled inward or outward. Poor alignment of wisdom teeth can crowd or damage adjacent teeth, the jawbone, or nerves. Wisdom teeth that lean toward the second molars make those teeth more vulnerable to decay by entrapping plaque and debris. In addition, wisdom teeth can be entrapped completely within the soft tissue and/or the jawbone or only partially break through or erupt through the gum. For complete article: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/wisdom-teeth This one is good also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wisdom_teeth Hope this helps.

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Our baby teeth and also our wisdom teeth are known to be significant and valuable sources of the cells that have life-saving potential.
Dentists often recommend wisdom teeth removal to prevent gum disease and caries on the back molars, but the researchers found that rates of those problems for people who kept their wisdom teeth were relatively low.
Impacted wisdom teeth can be blamed on our development of large brains, which caused the shape of our skulls to change and shortened our mouths leaving no room for a third molar, Prof Alan Mann added.
The evidence-based data confirmed what dentists and health professionals have been telling patients for years: having your wisdom teeth removed while you are young helps you stay healthy.
Fellaini has been putting off the wisdom teeth surgery for several weeks.
White recommended that adults be evaluated for periodontal disease well before the age of 25, and if disease is present they should give serious thought to having their wisdom teeth removed, even if they're asymptomatic.
So far this season, Peavy has suffered from an upper respiratory infection comparable to pneumonia, bruised the middle finger of his pitching hand when it was hit by a ball during batting practice and had two wisdom teeth pulled nine days ago, from which he still is sore.
When 12-year-old twins John and Philippa's wisdom teeth come in, their world turns inside out and suddenly they are anything but ordinary.
Kluivert also had two wisdom teeth taken out last week and his continued absence is a blow to Souness.
5m for the film rights to one of his novels, has sold the idea of a pair of 12 year old American twins who acquire magical powers when their wisdom teeth grow to DreamWorks Studio before any material was shown to his publisher.
DUTIES: Performing dental implants, gum surgeries, biopsies, bone grafts, extracting wisdom teeth, administering general anesthesia, and maxillofacial (reconstructive) surgery
What are wisdom teeth, and will I have to get mine removed?