YOURSMILEMATTERS!By: Dr. Steven SulfaroWISDOM TEETHThe third molar teeth are last teeth to develop anderupt into the mouth. This usually occurs when aperson is around 18 or 19 years of age. They arecalled Wisdom Teeth because these teeth appear inthe mouth once the person has reached the "age ofwisdom." I think most would agree that this is a misnomer as I personally can't think of any 18 year oldsexhibiting much wisdom. Few people have adequateroom in their mouth for their third molars to eruptinto full position. For those that do, my philosophyin their case, is if they can keep their wisdom teethhealthy then they can keep them. Most wisdom teeth,however, are problem teeth. Few people have enoughspace for their developing third molars. This lack ofadequate room causes most wisdom teeth to becomeimpacted. An impacted tooth is trouble. Impacted Wis-dom Teeth create pressure which can cause damageto the other teeth and can cause crowding of the otherteeth. Impacted third molars can become infected andcan sometimes develop cysts or develop periodontaldisease which can spread throughout the mouthIt is best to have impacted wisdom teeth removedfore any serious trouble develops which involvessurgery. It's best to have wisdom teeth surgery at ages18-20. At this stage in their life the person is youngand healthy, the third molar teeth and bone are notfully developed, and there is no active infection in thearea. Third molar surgery in this situation is usuallyconsidered minor surgery and recovery is fast andeasy. Conversely, the impacted third molar surgeryon a 50+ year old is often considered a more majorsurgery with a much prolonged and difficult recoverywith a great chance of post-operative complicationsBecause of this,Irecommend removal of WisdomTeeth for my young adult patients.I welcome your questions and comments.Feel free to e-mail me drsulfaro@comcast.netFAMLY DENTISTRYCREATING BEAUTIFUL SMILES FOR OVER 20 YEARS607 N. Saginaw St. HollyCall TODAY For Your Appointment248-634-4671www.sulfarofamilydentistry.com

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YOUR SMILE MATTERS! By: Dr. Steven Sulfaro WISDOM TEETH The third molar teeth are last teeth to develop and erupt into the mouth. This usually occurs when a person is around 18 or 19 years of age. They are called Wisdom Teeth because these teeth appear in the mouth once the person has reached the "age of wisdom." I think most would agree that this is a mis nomer as I personally can't think of any 18 year olds exhibiting much wisdom. Few people have adequate room in their mouth for their third molars to erupt into full position. For those that do, my philosophy in their case, is if they can keep their wisdom teeth healthy then they can keep them. Most wisdom teeth, however, are problem teeth. Few people have enough space for their developing third molars. This lack of adequate room causes most wisdom teeth to become impacted. An impacted tooth is trouble. Impacted Wis- dom Teeth create pressure which can cause damage to the other teeth and can cause crowding of the other teeth. Impacted third molars can become infected and can sometimes develop cysts or develop periodontal disease which can spread throughout the mouth It is best to have impacted wisdom teeth removed fore any serious trouble develops which involves surgery. It's best to have wisdom teeth surgery at ages 18-20. At this stage in their life the person is young and healthy, the third molar teeth and bone are not fully developed, and there is no active infection in the area. Third molar surgery in this situation is usually considered minor surgery and recovery is fast and easy. Conversely, the impacted third molar surgery on a 50+ year old is often considered a more major surgery with a much prolonged and difficult recovery with a great chance of post-operative complications Because of this,Irecommend removal of Wisdom Teeth for my young adult patients. I welcome your questions and comments. Feel free to e-mail me drsulfaro@comcast.net FAMLY DENTISTRY CREATING BEAUTIFUL SMILES FOR OVER 20 YEARS 607 N. Saginaw St. Holly Call TODAY For Your Appointment 248-634-4671 www.sulfarofamilydentistry.com

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