Many people have four wisdom teeth that come through later in their teenage years. Often there is insufficient space in the jaws for the wisdom teeth to erupt through the gums and as a result they can become wedged in between the jaw bone and the molars directly in front. This is commonly referred to as “impacted” wisdom teeth.
Problems arising from impacted wisdom teeth include pain, over-crowding, food traps leading to severe plaque, tooth decay and infection, with possible associated cysts and even damage to surrounding teeth, if left without attention over time.
To minimise any complications and maintain your general well-being, the best course of action is to remove the impacted wisdom teeth as soon as possible.