Wisdom Teeth Info From Drs. Barber and Lee

MOST PEOPLE’S WISDOM TEETH APPEAR from about the age of 16 to 25 years. They grow in the back of the lower and upper jaw bones and are the last big molars to develop in the four corners of your mouth. And yes, you guessed it… They’re called “wisdom teeth” because people are supposed to be really wise by then, right?

Sometimes, wisdom teeth only partially erupt. Sometimes, they don’t erupt at all. The term “impacted wisdom teeth” is used to describe this condition which sometimes leads to a lot of problems—including gum disease, bone-destroying cysts, crowding or damage to adjacent teeth, and unwanted decay (due to difficulty in keeping the hard-to-reach areas clean). For other people, wisdom teeth grow in just fine and don’t cause any problems at all.

Whether or not you have obvious problem symptoms, it’s important to evaluate existing or potential problems with your wisdom teeth. Removal is often the wisest decision for your well-being and oral health.

Our friends at Bupa (United Kingdom) created the illustration below to show the relationship of the teeth in your mouth, where your wisdom teeth are located, and how they might look if they grow in without any problems:

Do you still have your wisdom teeth or have you had them removed? Is there an interesting experience you’ve had related to either keeping them or “letting them go”? Share it with us below in the comments section! Or, visit us on Facebook and share there!

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