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Why do wisdom teeth sometimes need to be removed?

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Sometimes wisdom teeth emerge from the gum line and the jaw is not large enough to allow room for them. They can become entrapped or "impacted" between the jawbone and the gum tissue. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause swelling, pain, and infection of the gum tissue. Plus, impacted wisdom teeth can cause permanent damage to nearby teeth, gums, and bone and can sometimes lead to cysts or tumors that can destroy sections of the jaw.

From: Oral Surgery WebMD Medical Reference

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MedicineNet: "Oral Surgery."

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons: "The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon."

 

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on July 03, 2018

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MedicineNet: "Oral Surgery."

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons: "The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon."

 

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on July 03, 2018

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