Why do I need to have my wisdom teeth removed?

Wisdom teeth that are healthy and properly positioned can be an asset. Commonly, however, wisdom teeth are misaligned or erupt only partially, or not at all. They remain trapped beneath the gum and bone or crowded by other teeth. Wisdom teeth may tilt sideways and cause damage to teeth next to them.

Regular dental checkups are important to allow your dentist to track the progress and condition of your teeth. After examining your mouth and taking x-rays, your dentist can evaluate your wisdom teeth and discuss whether or not they should be removed.

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