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Wisdom teeth tips from the experts
Updated: 6/24/2008 12:00:44 PM

Wisdom teeth are the last ones to develop and as a result, they typically cause the most trouble.

Generally people's wisdom teeth emerge between the ages of 17 and 25 and they often crowd or damage other teeth, HealthDay New reports. As a result, they usually have to be surgically removed.

The news provider spoke to the American Association of Oral and Maxilliofacial Surgeons, which explained what patients can expect if they go to have their wisdom teeth removed.

Extractions are usually performed in a surgeon's office, it said, under general or local anaesthetic, or intravenous sedation.

Some surgeries are simpler than others, depending on the location of the teeth, but most people can expect some swelling and discomfort while they recover.

The association suggested that eating soft foods and making other dietary changes may be necessary after the wisdom teeth are extracted.

In addition to impacting on neighbouring teeth, wisdoms can cause a number of other problems. For example, because they are located in a hard-to-reach area, wisdom teeth can be difficult to brush and floss, making them more prone to infection.
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