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Wisdom Teeth

"Wisdom" teeth are extra molars that the vast majority of people are born with.  They are called "wisdom" teeth because most often they become clinically evident somewhere between the ages of 16 and 21 years of age, but they certainly do not make us more intelligent.  In fact, there simply is not enough room in most people's mouths for normal eruption and function of "wisdom" teeth.

Recent scientific research has proven that impacted or partially erupted wisdom teeth can be detrimental to your overall health.  Chronic, low grade infection that can occur from wisdom teeth has been linked to heart disease and low fetal birth weight in children, not to mention the localized damage that can occur to adjacent teeth, gums and the jaws.  The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons recommends that everyone should receive a clinical and radiographic examination of their wisdom teeth, usually between the ages of 16-21, to determine if treatment is necessary. 

Most individuals in good health have the option of IV or general anesthesia for comfort.