Getting Wise About Wisdom Teeth
The average adult has 32 teeth by the age of 18, but the average mouth can only accommodate 28 teeth. Around 90 percent of people have at least one impacted wisdom tooth – one that doesn’t fully grow in because there isn’t enough room – which can lead to gum disease, infections and illnesses that affect the heart, kidneys and other organs, even a cyst or tumor that damages the surrounding nerves, teeth and face.
Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most common surgeries performed by the experts at Oral & Maxillofacial Associates – their advice is that wisdom teeth should be surgically removed when patients experience infections, periodontal gum disease, cavities that can’t be restored, cysts, tumors or damage to neighboring teeth.
Wisdom teeth may not need to be extracted if they grow in completely, but they require regular professional cleaning and annual check-ups. Just remember: The worst thing to do is ignore your wisdom teeth! OMA likely has an office near you; contact them anytime for an appointment.
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