When wisdom teeth aren’t coming through the gums properly, or when there isn’t enough space for them, significant pain, infection, and sometimes damage to adjacent teeth can result.
The pain that results from wisdom teeth not fitting in the mouth is the main worry for patients. This pain can be caused by infection around the gums of the tooth, decay or cavities forming in the tooth, or by the wisdom tooth ‘eating away’ the tooth in front as it doesn’t have space to erupt into the mouth. Most people have four wisdom teeth and if there is not enough space for the teeth to come through the gums they become wedged or impacted.
If the wisdom teeth are difficult or complicated to remove, the dentist may refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.