Patient discussion about wisdom teeth

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

A1Wisdom 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: This one is good also: Hope this helps.
A2about million of years ago we needed our teeth to eat raw meat, use as a tool and open up nuts...then we had a bigger jaw that had extra room for another tooth, an 8th one, and we used it. but today our jaw is smaller and sometime it doesn't have enough room for that 8th tooth, and that's usually the cause of all troubles... when it erupts (the last one, when you are 18-22)it pushes all the teeth forward. or it can get stuck inside the jaw without erupting too. so it's easy to just take it out if it does so and it won't change our function at all.
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