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What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Learn everything you need to know about wisdom teeth from Shane Methal DDS in this Howcast video.

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Hi, my name is Dr. Shane Methal, here at Greene Street Dental in SoHo, New York. I've been in private practice both in Maryland and consequently back in New York for the last 17 years. My office website is www.greenestreetdental.com, that's green with an "e" at the end, and today I'm going to be talking about teeth and dentistry.

First of all, these teeth are your third molars, commonly become present around age 16 or 17 and continue to erupt up until your early to mid twenties. Often times, there is not enough room for these teeth. They can be either partially or completely impacted or submerged between the gums and/or the bone. If this is the case, and you do not have enough room to maintain these teeth with proper hygiene, they can cause gum problems both to those teeth and to the teeth in front of them. A common misconception is that they can cause crowding. This is not true. Teeth will crowd whether the wisdom teeth are present or absent, although it is important to identify if there is a problem with your wisdom teeth. They can also cause problems to not only themselves, but to teeth in front of them. If this is true, sometimes removal of these teeth is necessary. The younger you are, if this procedure happens, the better off you are to minimize complications post-surgically.|

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