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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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.
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What are wisdom teeth, and will I have to get mine removed?