The wisdom teeth are the last molars in each corner of the mouth. They usually erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. Our human ancestors had larger jaws with more teeth to grind down coarse plants, but with evolution jaws shrank and wisdom teeth sometimes have no room to grow. This causes them to grow sideways, or become impacted, leading to numerous problems to adjacent teeth, including: dental caries, tooth and gum infections and periodontal disease. Sometimes it is indicated to extract them.
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