wisdom teeth(redirected from Wisdom-tooth)
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wisdom teethDentistry 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.
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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.More discussions about wisdom teeth
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