An Oral Surgeon from Philadelphia Knows when Wisdom Teeth Have to Go

The third molars were referred to as “teeth of wisdom” by scholars in the 17th century because they would erupt at the height of a person’s maturity. Since these teeth emerge when a person reaches adulthood, they are thought to be a sign of evolving wisdom. Wisdom teeth cause dental problems in certain patients, however, often prompting for their extraction by oral surgeon in Philadelphia and elsewhere. Greg Johnstone explains why in his feature article for Consumer Guide to Dentistry.


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