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At some point in our teens or early 20s, the wisdom teeth develop. In many cases, the wisdom teeth, or third molars, put pressure on surrounding teeth or become impacted because there is not enough room to accommodate them.
Potential Problems Caused by Wisdom Teeth
The wisdom teeth can cause a number of dental problems if the patient's dental arch is not big enough to accommodate these extra teeth. The wisdom teeth may stay below the gum line (a condition known as impacted wisdom teeth), or grow in at angles that shift the rest of the teeth out of alignment. Partially impacted third molars allow bacteria to build up in the gum tissue, resulting in pain, swelling, stiffness of the jaw, and other problems. In some cases, tumors or cysts can form around impacted teeth. This can lead to damage or destruction of the surrounding teeth and jawbone. Removing the wisdom teeth will typically resolve these concerns.