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Shattered wisdom tooth. Close-up of a dental mirror being used to show a shattered wisdom tooth in a patient's upper jaw. Wisdom teeth are the third and last set of molars to emerge in the mouth. In many cases wisdom teeth are unable to emerge fully from the gum due to lack of available space. This may cause severe pain and usually results in their removal, especially if injury or decay occurs.
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