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Oral Surgeon: More than Wisdom Tooth Removal

Oral Surgeon: More than Wisdom Tooth Removal

by Stephanie Meadows
By the age of eighteen, the average adult has 32 teeth; 16 teeth on the top and 16 teeth on the bottom. Each tooth in the mouth has a specific name and function, playing an integral role in chewing, digestion, and speech. For instance, the teeth in the front of the mouth (incisors, canine and bicuspid) are ideal for grasping and biting food into smaller pieces. The back teeth, or molars, are used to grind food up into a consistency suitable for swallowing. In actuality, the average mouth is made to hold only 28 teeth. It can be painful when 32 teeth try to fit in a mouth that holds only 28 teeth, often depending on the size and shape of an individuals jaw.

Oral Surgery: The Wisdom Teeth Removal Survival Guide

Oral Surgery: The Wisdom Teeth Removal Survival Guide

by Stephanie Meadows
Let’s play out this scenario. You are at the dentist getting your routine teeth cleaning when your dentist breaks it to you that your wisdom teeth are either coming through or are impacted. That painful news is probably not the “wisdom” you want to here, but it is important.