What are "impacted wisdom teeth" and why do Dentist's remove them?
Wisdom teeth are your third molars at the back of your mouth. Most people have wisdom teeth and they usually erupt in your late teens or early twenties. Many of us have too small of a jaw to accommodate room for these teeth. Often, we may recommend having these teeth removed before they have a chance to cause complications for you.
When a third molar is unable to properly move into it's proper position, it may become impacted, growing into your mouth sideways, backwards, and in awkward angles.
These teeth can lead to the following complications:
1. Periocoronitis (infected gums) - When a tooth starts to break through your gum tissue, bacteria can enter through the opening and become trapped underneath the gum. The tissue becomes infected, sometimes very swollen, even abscessed and can cause a great deal of discomfort.