Why Do Wisdom Teeth Cause Problems?

by Dr. James Springer 17. January 2014 12:15

Wisdom teeth that are healthy and properly positioned can be a valuable asset to the mouth.  Unfortunately, this is often not the case,and problems develope that require their removal.  For example, when the jaw is not large enough to accommodate these teeth, they can become impacted - unable to come in or move into their proper place.  They may grow sideways, emerge only part way from the gum or remain trapped beneath the gum and bone.

Impaction occurs most often in the third molars of the jaw,  After examining your dentist will discuss whether your wisdom teeth should be removed.
  
Trivia:
  • An obscure Mexican plant called "Lippa Dulcis" is 1000x sweeter than table sugar.  This plant does not cause tooth decay and could serve as the source of a low-calorie sweetener in the future.
  • There are 60 herbs commonly sited for treatment of dental problems in ancient Chinese medical books.

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