Problems associated with wisdom teeth
For most people, wisdom teeth don't cause any problems and don't need to be removed. But if there isn't enough space for them to grow at the back of your mouth, they become what is known as impacted wisdom teeth and may cause pain, swelling and infection.
It’s important to see your dentist regularly if you have impacted wisdom teeth and to ensure good dental hygiene. If your wisdom teeth keep causing problems, they may need to be removed. These problems may include:
- tooth decay
- repeated gum infections or abscesses (collections of pus) around your tooth or in other teeth
- cysts (fluid-filled sacs) around your developing wisdom teeth
Having your impacted wisdom teeth surgically extracted can help to stop these problems.