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Health Tip: Why Wisdom Teeth Are Frequently Pulled

Problems triggered by misaligned or impacted third molars

(HealthDay News) -- Third molars, commonly called wisdom teeth, may make it easier to chew. But they're also a frequent source of pain and discomfort, and are often extracted.

The American Dental Association says misaligned wisdom teeth can:

  • Promote bacterial growth and allow trapped food.
  • Make it difficult to thoroughly floss between teeth.
  • Trigger infection, swelling and pain if the teeth only partially break through the gums.
  • Cause crowding of the teeth.
  • If a wisdom tooth is impacted, promote formation of a cyst, which could lead to damage of nearby bone.

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