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By Erena & Peterson Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
May 09, 2014
Category: Wisdom Teeth
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Wise Up to Wisdom Teeth Issues 
 
In the words of Oscar Wilde, “With age comes wisdom.” And in the words of your dentist, “With age comes wisdom teeth.” Our Lexington dental staff offers some wise advice about dealing with erupted wisdom teeth. Check it out below!
 
Where Are Wisdom Teeth Located?
The wisdom teeth are your third molars, so they sit in the far back of your mouth.
 
Have the teeth in the back of your mouth felt sore? It may because you have an impacted wisdom tooth or one developing. Nine out of ten people have an impacted wisdom tooth, according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
 
An “impacted wisdom tooth” means the tooth hasn’t fully erupted past the gumline. It’s important to see a dental professional to discuss the need for an extraction or other plan.
 
Why Would an Impacted Wisdom Teeth Need to be Removed?
You may not feel any pain or notice problems, but that doesn’t mean a wisdom tooth can’t do some damage. As time goes on, that tooth will continue to put pressure on the neighboring molars. This can cause one or more serious dental problems: infection, trauma or cyst.
 
In the best-case scenario, the wisdom teeth will fully erupt and maintain function. This is possible if the third molars are cavity-free and surrounded by healthy gum tissue.
 
To combat tooth decay and infection, you need to pay extra attention when cleaning your back teeth. You use your molars to break down food, so plaque bacteria and food particles are always a concern.
 
Even if wisdom teeth erupt normally, there are still risks to watch out for. It’s time to wise up to the issue. To schedule a wisdom teeth appointment in Lexington, call (859) 268-4423.

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