Do I need my wisdom teeth removed?
If you are experiencing pain, swelling, or severe gum sensitivity in the back of your mouth, this may be a sign that your wisdom teeth need to be removed. Although wisdom teeth can remain healthy, they may become impacted if there is not sufficient room on your jawline for them to grow. Your oral surgeon may recommend an extraction if your wisdom teeth have become impacted and are causing discomfort or damage to the surrounding teeth.
What happens when a wisdom tooth becomes impacted?
When the jawline is too crowded for wisdom teeth, or third molars, to erupt properly, they begin to grow in sideways. Impaction can lead to infection, inflammation, and gum disease. If left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth may cause damage to neighboring teeth.