Wisdom teeth develop between the ages of 12 and 15. Some wisdom teeth will never erupt and stay impacted. As the wisdom teeth erupt through the gum tissue it can cause pain. The reason why wisdom teeth are removed in some patients is due to the fact that they are so far back and the patient cannot keep the teeth clean. When the teeth are not cleaned cavities form causing an infection in the tooth that could lead to severe pain or an abscess. In these cases we recommend removing the wisdom teeth. A digital x-ray is taken of the tooth to make sure it is not near the mandibular nerve or near the sinus cavity.
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