What Are Impacted Wisdom Teeth?
An impacted wisdom tooth is trapped underneath the gums. It is uncommon for an impacted tooth to ever erupt on its own, which is why surgical intervention is necessary. Hence it is practical to have them removed before they can cause further damage to the neighboring teeth and nerves.
Why Have Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Generally, there is not much room in the mouth for wisdom teeth, causing them to grow sideways or never fully emerge. This is known as impaction and can cause several problems, such as infections, cysts, and damage to other teeth. If not treated promptly, wisdom teeth can lead to expensive surgical or orthodontic treatments that patients can rather avoid.