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Question: What problems can wisdom teeth cause?
Answer: Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last teeth to erupt in your mouth. This generally occurs between the ages of 17 and 25, a time of life that has been called the age “Age of Wisdom.”
The tendency for wisdom teeth to become “impacted” or unable to move into their proper position is the cause of most problems. Impacted wisdom teeth grow in any way they can, such as sideways or at an angle. Some may partially break through the gum surface, while others remain trapped beneath the gum and bone, leading to a host of potential complications.
1. Infected gums-when the tooth has only partially broken through the surface, bacteria can enter through the flap around the tooth and cause the gum to become infected
2. Decay- due to difficulty cleaning these teeth cavities form easily on them and adjacent teeth.
3. Crowding and structural damage to neighboring teeth.
4. Cyst formation- when a wisdom tooth is impacted, the sac that surrounds the tooth can become filled with fluid and form a cyst that is capable of damaging adjacent teeth, the jawbone and nerves. These cysts can grow very large and transform into tumors that are very aggressive and destructive to the jawbone and neighboring teeth.
5. Severe pain- due to pressure on neighboring teeth as the wisdom teeth attempt to grow into the mouth.
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