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Dentists and Hygienist have a language all their own. This guide breaks down the professional terminology into everyday language.

Impacted Wisdom Tooth

An impacted wisdom tooth (third molar) occurs when there is not enough room for the tooth to erupt in the mouth. Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt in adults age 17-21. An impacted wisdom tooth can lead to complications — more specifically, pain and damage to the surrounding teeth — if left untreated. The dentist will recommend that you see an oral surgeon to evaluate the X-rays and area in the mouth.

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