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Nowadays, wisdom teeth are more of a nuisance, leading to complications and oral health problems, which is why it’s often recommended to have the wisdom teeth removed.

Most people have four wisdom teeth, but it is not unheard of for some individuals to have as many as six wisdom teeth while there are some people have none.

Wisdom teeth often start to emerge from the gums during late adolescence. Initial symptoms often include a deep ache in the gums or rear of the jaw. Some people complain of tension and pressure in the jaw muscles as well. An impacted wisdom tooth that is trapped in the gums can lead to pain, infection and oral damage.

Even if one of your wisdom teeth does manage to emerge from the gums without complication, it will still require daily care and cleaning. Partially emerged wisdom teeth can often be hard to brush and floss. This makes them much more prone to tooth decay and gum disease. This can actually have a negative impact on the healthy molars in the back of the mouth.

If you are considering having your wisdom teeth extracted in West Jordan, Utah, you can always call Copper Ridge Dental at 801.260.0530 to schedule a checkup and consultation with your dentist, Dr. R. Erik Cantwell.