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Be wise about removing wisdom teeth

Extract the teeth early to reduce the chance of recurrent dental problems as you age

Madam Tan made an appointment with a dentist only when she started having a severe toothache. She had three infected wisdom teeth, all of which were impacted or blocked by her gums.

Afraid that the removal of her wisdom teeth would be very painful, she had put off the visit to the dentist until she could no longer take the pain.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 18, 2018, with the headline 'Be wise about removing wisdom teeth'. Print Edition | Subscribe