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Injured Firefighter Gets Most Extensive Face Transplant Ever

NEW YORK, New York – A volunteer firefighter badly burned in a 2001 blaze has received the most extensive face transplant ever, covering his skull and much of his neck, a New York hospital announced Monday.

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Appeals Court Stays Judgment in HemCon Patent Infringement Case

PORTLAND, Oregon – HemCon Medical Technologies Inc. announced in a press release that the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit granted HemCon's motion to stay the injunction and final judgment (including the damages award) obtained against it in a patent infringement case brought by Marine Polymer Technologies Inc.

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Conventional Wisdom About Wisdom Teeth Confirmed

Evidence Shows Keeping Wisdom Teeth May Be More Harmful than Previously Thought

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia – Having wisdom teeth removed during young adulthood not only improves dental and oral health, but may also reduce the chance of illness later in life, according to research from American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), surgeons, and academics.

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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Repair Steelers' Roethlisberger after Crash

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania--Oral and maxillofacial surgeon Daniel Pituch, DDS, MD, chief of oral and maxillofacial surgery at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh, led the surgical team that operated on Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger Monday, to repair jaw and facial injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash that morning. Joining Dr. Pituch in the operating room were fellow oral and maxillofacial surgeon Mark W. Ochs, DDS, MD, chair of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department and associate dean for hospital affairs; Elias Hilal, MD, Chief of the Division of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery; and trauma surgeon Jorge Varcelotti, MD."

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Face Guards on Military Helmets Would Help Deflect Blast Impact, Reduce Facial Injuries

ROSEMONT, Illinois – Protected by stronger and better body armor, soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan are sustaining fewer torso-related injuries and more devastating trauma to the head and facial area, as the insurgency increasingly uses rocket-propelled grenades (RPG-7s) in their attacks. Dr. Sabri T. Shuker, former head of oral and maxillofacial surgery at Baghdad Medical City - Iraq's largest medical facility - believes adding a face guard to military helmets would help deflect blasts, thereby reducing the number and severity of these injuries.

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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Revise Treatment Guidelines for Hypertensive Patients Going Under Sedation, Anesthesia

ROSEMONT, Illinois – Hypertension affects 20% to 30% of the adult population, and its prevalence increases with age. The risk doubles for African Americans, who are also more vulnerable to its complications. But regardless of age or race, hypertensive patients can rest assured their special needs will be met during oral and maxillofacial surgery, as explained in an article published in the January 2006 issue of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (JOMS). The article examines a new classification system and reviews treatment recommendations for hypertensive patients undergoing sedation or anesthesia.

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Researchers Link Wisdom Teeth to Health Problems in Young Adults

ROSEMONT, Illinois – It's a scenario that's played out in every part of the country. Your family dentist has recommended you take your teenaged son to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to have his third molars, or wisdom teeth, removed. Your son is not experiencing any problems with his teeth right now; what should you do? Until recently consensus among dental professionals was hard to find.

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Minimally Invasive Techniques Move OMS Procedures from O.R. to Office and Speed Recovery

ROSEMONT, Illinois – A bone-cutting technique that drastically reduces the length of adult orthodontic treatment and biocompatible mini-devices that replace the need for open surgery are among the innovations that will be presented at a symposium on minimally invasive orthognathic surgery at the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) 87th annual meeting in Boston

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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Facilitate Domestic Violence Treatment and Intervention

ROSEMONT, Illinois – Oral and maxillofacial surgeon Deborah L. Zeitler, DDS, MS, recently treated a 16-year-old girl for facial pain. Dr. Zeitler asked the young patient a straightforward question and received a straightforward, albeit disconcerting, answer. Yes, someone had hurt her. Her father had punched her in the face with a closed fist two weeks ago.

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Sentinel Node Biopsy Holds Promise for Staging of Head and Neck Cancers

ROSEMONT, Illinois – Sentinel node biopsy, a technique used to determine whether breast cancer or melanoma (a type of skin cancer) has spread to the lymph nodes, now shows potential in the staging of head and neck cancers, according to a study published in the August issue of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

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Nationwide Study Confirms Safety, Low Complication Rate of Wisdom Tooth Surgery in Adults

ROSEMONT, Illinois – Third molar surgery (wisdom tooth extraction) in patients 25 years of age and older has a very low incidence of complications and minimal impact on quality of life, according to the results of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) Age-Related Third Molar Study, published in the August issue of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

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AAOMS Supports Introduction of the "Treatment of Children's Deformities Act of 2005

ROSEMONT, Illinois – The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) applauds the bi-partisan coalition of Congressional members who have taken a stand for thousands of young patients in their home states and the U.S. who suffer from severe skeletal facial defects by introducing the "Treatment of Children's Deformities Act of 2005 (H.R. 1000/S. 1132)."

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Soft Tissue Injuries Can Predict Risk of Facial Fractures in Trauma Patients

ROSEMONT, Illinois – Trauma patients with specific types of facial soft tissue injuries should have a CT (computed tomography) scan of the face as well as a standard head scan to determine the presence and severity of facial fractures, according to a study published in the May issue of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

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Bisphosphonates Can Wreak Havoc in the Mouth and Jaws, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon Warns

ROSEMONT, Illinois – Bisphosphonates, a class of drugs taken by millions of patients for osteoporosis and bone-related complications of metastatic cancer may actually contribute to the onset of osteochemonecrosis, or "bis-phossy jaw," a painful, potentially disfiguring jaw condition, according to an article published in the May issue of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

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No Wisdom in Routinely Pulling Wisdom Teeth, Study Says

NIJMEGEN, The Netherlands-- No reliable studies exist to support removal of trouble-free impacted wisdom teeth, according to a systematic review of evidence. Despite this surprising lack of data, extraction of third molars has long been considered appropriate care in most developed countries.

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Three Surgical Steps To Reconstructing Car Crash Victims' Upper Jaws

ROSEMONT, Illinois – A surgical process most often associated with orthopedic surgery has been found effective in the intricate reconstruction of patients with severe bone loss in the anterior maxilla-the front portion of the upper jaw. Distraction osteogenesis reconstructs skeletal deformities through the gradual, controlled displacement of surgically created fractures to enable simultaneous expansion of soft tissue and bone volume.

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Third Molar Research Earns University of North Carolina Distinguished Research Award

ROSEMONT, Illinois – The 2004 University of North Carolina School of Dentistry's Class of 1958 Distinguished Clinical Research Award has been awarded to Raymond P. White, Jr., DDS, PhD, the Dalton L. McMichael professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University.

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Wisdom Teeth in Older Adults Associated with Periodontal Disease

ROSEMONT, Illinois – Adults aged 52 and older with visible third molars, or "wisdom teeth," are 1.5 times more apt to suffer periodontal disease in the area of the adjacent second molar than similar adults their age who have had their third molars removed.

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Fracture Jaw, Lose Consciousness And Suffer Less Than If You Don't Black Out?

ROSEMONT, Illinois – Contrary to what might be expected, people who sustain a jaw fracture and lose consciousness actually tend to have milder bone injuries than those who do not black out from a trauma to the jaw, according to a study published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

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Study Shows Facial Trauma Patients Have Unmet Mental Health and Social Services Needs

ROSEMONT, Illinois – Facial injuries caused by physical assault can intensify existing mental health and social problems, a study of indigent patients at an inner-city trauma center shows. According to the study, published in the January 2005 issue of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, these problems often go untreated and may interfere with recovery

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Former NIDCR Director to Deliver Keynote Speech at AAOMS 86th Annual Meeting

SAN FRANCISCO, California – Gene therapy, tissue engineering will transform oral and maxillofacial surgery by 2020, says Harold Slavkin, DDS, former director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and keynote lecturer at the 86th American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons annual meeting in San Francisco, California.

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Herbals, Surgery and Anesthesia Don't Always Mix, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon Warns

NEWARK, New Jersey – What she doesn't know is that the herbal remedy she takes religiously to enhance mental alertness also acts as a powerful blood thinner that inhibits clotting. She never thought to mention gingko when her oral and maxillofacial surgeon asked her before surgery what medicines she takes. Gingko is an herb and, therefore, harmless and not a medicine, right?

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Symposium Highlights Hazards of Surgery and Anesthesia for Drug and Alcohol Abusers

SAN FRANCISCO, California – Substance abusers who think it's okay not to tell their oral and maxillofacial surgeon about their drug use are putting themselves at risk for surgical complications, even if they're having a procedure as relatively straightforward as a wisdom tooth extraction. "Illicit drugs and anesthesia can mix in some potentially hazardous ways," says Sue Carlisle, PhD, MD, chief of anesthesia and perioperative care at San Francisco General Hospital, who will speak at the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Annual Meeting, Scientific Sessions & Exhibition, September 29 - October 2, in San Francisco, California.

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New CDC Infection Control Guidelines Add Extra Measure of Safety to OMS Offices

SAN FRANCISCO, California – When it comes to preventing the transmission of infectious diseases such as hepatitis C and AIDS, simple changes can go a long way. That thinking is reflected in the Centers for Disease Control's Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings, 2003, according to a member of the advisory group to the CDC that helped draft the guidelines.

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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons to Explore Anesthesia Care for Complex Patients

SAN FRANCISCO, California – A morbidly obese man has corrective facial surgery to fix an overbite. A man in his forties with heart disease undergoes dental implant surgery to replace lost teeth. The biggest challenge facing the oral and maxillofacial surgeon isn't the surgery, it's the anesthesia.

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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Educated, Trained and Competent to Perform Reconstructive and Elective Cosmetic Surgery

ROSEMONT, Illinois – A recent campaign by some plastic surgeons that questions the ability of oral and maxillofacial surgeons to perform reconstructive and elective cosmetic surgery has lead to some serious misunderstandings regarding the education, training and competence of those who practice oral and maxillofacial surgery, the surgical specialty of dentistry. Here are the facts:

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April is National Facial Protection Month

CHICAGO, Illinois – The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Association of Orthodontists and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry are sponsoring the fifth annual, April is National Facial Protection Month.

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Water Pipe Smoking Linked With Painful Oral Surgery Complications

CHICAGO, Illinois – Smokers of the Middle Eastern water pipe known as the shisha are at least as likely as cigarette smokers to develop the vexing and painful complication known as dry socket after having an impacted wisdom tooth (third molar) pulled, despite the widespread belief among users that shisha smoke poses fewer health risks than cigarettes, according to the results of a study published in the January 2004 Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

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Surgeons Blend Bone Grafts With Bone Substitute To Restore Faces

CHICAGO, Illinois – Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are pairing bone grafts with a highly biocompatible bone-like material called hydroxyapatite to repair disfiguring defects of the skull bone caused by trauma and tumors, according to a study published in the January 2004 Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. In some cases, the bone substitute can even be used alone to reconstruct small defects, the study shows.

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Sleep Apnea Expert to Speak at BCD's 6th Annual Dr. Phillip Earle Williams Lectureship

DALLAS, Texas – Dr. B.D. Tiner will be the featured speaker at the 6th Annual Dr. Phillip Earle Williams Lectureship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery scheduled for Jan. 24, 2004, in Dallas. Sponsored by Baylor College of Dentistry and hosted by the college's Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery/Pharmacology, the day-long symposium will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast in Baylor University Medical Center's Beasley Auditorium, which is adjacent to BCD.

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Largest Study Of Anesthesia Administered In Oral And Maxillofacial Surgery Offices Demonstrates High Level Of Safety And Patient Satisfaction

September 4, 2003--The administration of local anesthesia, conscious sedation or deep sedation/general anesthesia delivered by oral and maxillofacial surgeons (OMS) and their anesthesia teams in an ambulatory care setting is safe and associated with a high degree of patient satisfaction, according to the findings presented in a study published in the September 2003 edition of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Results from the largest prospective study ever conducted of office-based anesthesia are reported in, "Office-based Ambulatory Anesthesia: Outcomes of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons' Clinical Practice."

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Recipient Of First Tongue Transplant In Fourth Successful Week Of Recovery

September 1, 2003--The oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) who led the world's first human tongue transplant operation reports that the patient has passed his milestone third week of postoperative recovery with no signs of rejecting the new organ.

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Bone-Anchored Hearing Aid Offers New Hope To The Hearing Impaired

September 1, 2003--A hearing aid surgically attached directly to the mastoid bone in back of the ear holds enormous potential for the treatment of congenital hearing loss and some acquired hearing problems, according to surgeons who will speak at a surgical clinic during the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) 85th annual meeting, September 10-13, in Orlando, Fla.

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Cosmetic Chin Surgery Can Mask Serious Sleep Disorder, Surgeons Warn

September 1, 2003--Individuals considering cosmetic surgery for a receding chin should have an airway examination first before committing to a purely cosmetic operation, according to a group of experts who will participate in a symposium at the 85th annual meeting of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), September 10-13, in Orlando, Fla.

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Look At Total Patient In Treating Facial Trauma, Surgeon Urges

September 1, 2003--The maxim "less is more" may apply in the case of victims of facial trauma, according to Robert D. Marciani, D.M.D., a professor of surgery and chief of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Cincinnati, who will deliver the Philip Maloney Lecture, entitled "Current Concepts in the Treatment of Maxillofacial Trauma." at the 85th American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) annual meeting, September 10-13, in Orlando, Fla.

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Pill increases pain of wisdom tooth removal

LONDON, England – Taking the oral contraceptive pill increases the risk of infection and pain following the removal of wisdom teeth according to new research that will be published in the British Dental Journal this week.

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After Age 25, Study Shows Wisdom Teeth Prone to Disease Problems

November 1, 2002 --Your family dentist has recommended you take your teenaged son to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) for removal of his third molars, or wisdom teeth. Your son is not experiencing any problems with his teeth right now; what should you do?

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AAOMS 84th Annual Meeting Considers Oral And Maxillofacial Surgical Advances

September 25, 2002--More than 2,000 oral and maxillofacial surgeons from around the world will attend the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons' (AAOMS)A 84th Annual Meeting, Scientific Sessions and Exhibition, October 2-5, 2002, at the McCormick Place Lakeside Center in the Association's hometown of Chicago, Ill. This year's program features in-depth continuing education symposia and lectures on a variety of practice-based issues, including the following:

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Impacted Teeth Cause Higher-Than-Expected Rate Of Oral Disease

June 1, 2002--Not only do impacted teeth pose a greater risk of serious oral disease than previously recognized, reimbursement policies that discourage pathology exams of soft tissue surrounding the teeth increase the likelihood that destructive cysts and tumors will go undiagnosed.

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Severe Dental Infections Can Lead To Death; Tracheotomy Is One Option

April 1, 2002--Every year hundreds of Americans develop potentially deadly dental infections because they delay treatment for a painful, decayed tooth or an impacted wisdom tooth. Some will die, not because antibiotics weren't effective or available, but because the infection caused swelling that blocked the airway.

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New Diagnostic Tool Targets Better Treatment For Obstructive Sleep Apnea

ROSEMONT, Illinois – A new diagnostic tool promises more effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea- a dangerous and sometimes fatal disorder. Each year, thousands of Americans seek relief from obstructive sleep apnea, by having soft palate surgery to enlarge the airway. But in most cases, the surgery only stops the primary symptom of loud snoring rather than curing the apnea. Why? Because until now, surgeons have had little in the way of guidelines to tell them which patients will benefit most from specific surgical procedures.

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Jaw Lengthening As Alternative Treatment For Sleep Apnea Sufferers

ROSEMONT, Illinois – Severe sleep apnea sufferers may find relief in a technique known as distraction osteogenesis.

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Dr. Julie Gaskill Runs The Olympic Torch In Kentucky

BOWLING GREEN, Kentucky – "It was beyond comparison to anything I've ever done," exclaimed Dr. Julie Gaskill. "Carrying the Olympic torch was one of my proudest moments and I am honored to have been chosen. I'm still glowing," she said.

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New Hope For Cleft Palate Patients

ROSEMONT, Illinois – To be understood. To be accepted. Almost everyone wants that. But when people struggle to figure out what you are saying, understanding does not come easy. When they struggle to listen to you because you have "cleft palate speech," they are grappling with intelligibility, abnormal articulation, resonance, nasal emission and overall voice quality. If you have "cleft palate speech," one of the problems you are grappling with is acceptability. A study in the December 2001 Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery measures the consequences of speech after surgical closure of residual palatal openings.

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Snoring, sleep apnea now treated with radio frequency, lasers, oral appliances to aid breathing and improve sleeping

ORLANDO, Florida – More than straining a relationship, snoring may be an indication of a potentially life-threatening condition known as obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a pause in airflow lasting 10 seconds or more while an individual is asleep. Attendees of the annual meeting of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), in Orlando, Florida, Sept. 12-15, 2001 will discuss updates on all surgical treatments of the condition. New laser-assisted treatments will be presented alongside traditional surgical and non-surgical options.

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Early Removal Of Wisdom Teeth Can Prevent Dangerous Complications

ROSEMONT, Illinois – Pain, tooth crowding, damage to the jaw bone and jaw nerves, and even the growth of tumors can often be prevented by early removal of wisdom teeth that aren't likely to grow in properly, according to the latest clinical research.

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Oral Cancer Self-Exam Could Save Your Life

ROSEMONT, Illinois – While shaving on Thanksgiving in 1996, Louie F. Peede, DMD, noticed an unusual shadow under the right side of his jaw. The small lump he found there turned out to be cancer. Within a few weeks the Denver oral and maxillofacial surgeon underwent surgery to remove his cancerous tonsils and 52 lymph nodes from his jaw and neck.

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Transforming Deformed Faces, Changing Lives, Bringing Hope To Impoverished

GAINESVILLE, Florida – In March of this year, Barry Steinberg, DDS, MD, PhD, of the University of Florida led a team of oral and maxillofacial surgeons to treat 43 Vietnamese children in severe need of their surgical expertise. Purportedly, Vietnamese surgeons were far behind their American colleagues' knowledge base. After the Vietnam War, more than two decades passed before Vietnam opened its doors to the West

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Wisdom for the Third Molars

CHICAGO, Illinois – The third permanent molars, commonly called wisdom teeth, are usually the last teeth to erupt into the mouth. For many teens, this occurs between 14 and 18 years of age. In some cases, the wisdom teeth may not erupt until after age 20. The location of the wisdom teeth should be evaluated when the teenager is between 16 and 19. If removal is recommended, the procedure is best completed before age 20.

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