Third molars, commonly known as wisdom teeth begin to develop during adolescence. Due to a lack of space they generally can’t erupt into proper position. As a result, they get caught up against the adjacent teeth and become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth are a haven for harmful bacteria. This will lead to cavities as well as localized gum infections. In most cases, young adults will begin to experience a pressure type pain as the wisdom teeth try to erupt. Additionally, this pressure will create crowding of the adjacent teeth, most commonly the lower anterior.
It is recommended to extract your wisdom teeth if they are not erupting properly and become malpositioned to avoid future dental problems. It is best to address impacted wisdom teeth before they become infected and start to cause pain. Be sure to inquire about a consult for wisdom teeth removal if you have any of the concerns mentioned above.