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Wisdom Teeth - Do you need a wisdom tooth extraction?
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Picture this: You're enjoying a game night with friends when a battle of wits ensues. Want to know how to stump them? Talk teeth. Wisdom teeth, in particular. Because chances are, you've probably heard different things about whether to extract a wisdom tooth or not. (Everyone has an opinion, right?) But the professional truth is wisdom tooth removal isn't a blanket treatment — not everyone needs it. But if you feel wisdom teeth pain or have wisdom teeth swelling, you could have an impacted wisdom tooth that needs some TLC. Does that mean surgical tooth extraction? Maybe. But don't worry. Today's technologies make wisdom teeth extractions a cinch.

Wisdom Teeth FAQs

Q: How did wisdom teeth earn their name?
A: Wisdom teeth are the last molars to grow in — usually around age 20. Generally, this is the age when've gained some wisdom.

Q: In what cases should a wisdom tooth be extracted?
A: As we mentioned, not everyone has to get their wisdom teeth extracted. It depends on whether your mouth has enough room for wisdom teeth to grow in properly. In many cases, wisdom teeth don't erupt or only partially erupt (aka impacted wisdom teeth).

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