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When is the removal, or extraction, of wisdom teeth recommended?

Many people don’t actually have room for their wisdom teeth in their jaw. As a result, wisdom teeth often become impacted. Several complications can arise if this happens. For starters, your wisdom teeth could push your other teeth out of alignment or cause damage to nearby teeth as they try to push through your gums. If they only partially emerge, you could become more susceptible to infection, and in some cases, a cyst will develop. A cyst is a fluid-filled sac that can be painful as well as cause damage to the roots of nearby teeth. All of these circumstances warrant the removal of your wisdom teeth, but oftentimes, your dentist will be able to prevent these complications by removing your wisdom teeth before they can cause any problems.

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