WISDOM TEETH PROBLEMS, IMPACTED TEETH, TOO MANY TEETH
Wisdom Teeth Problems
If your dentist says your wisdom teeth, or third molars, came in problem-free, count
yourself lucky. Most people—90%—have at least one wisdom tooth that’s impacted, or
not able to fully grow in. Problems with your wisdom teeth can cause cavities, damage to
neighboring teeth, and gum disease. Wisdom teeth generally come in between the ages of
17 and 25. Your dentist will track their progress. If they look like they will cause a
problem, you will need to have them removed.
An adult tooth that doesn’t come in properly is “impacted.” It usually happens when a
tooth is stuck against another tooth, bone, or soft tissue. If it isn’t bothering you, a dentist
may recommend leaving it alone. But if it hurts or may cause problems later on, it will
need to be removed.
Too Many Teeth: Hyperdontia
How many teeth are in your mouth? If you’re like most people, you had 20 primary, or
“baby,” teeth, and then you received 32 adult teeth. It’s rare, but some people have extra
teeth, a condition called hyperdontia. People who have it may also have another
conditions. The treatment is often to get the extra teeth removed and use orthodontics to
correct the bite.
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