Impacted wisdom teeth can cause complications including:
- Cyst or tumor formation
- Gum disease
- Decay in the wisdom teeth and nearby teeth
- Interference with certain kinds of dental or orthodontic work
If your wisdom teeth are causing you pain or infection, your dentist will likely advise having them removed. The wisdom teeth may cause acute (sudden) problems, chronic (ongoing) problems, or no problems at all. Even if you don’t have symptoms, removal may still be recommended. Extracting the teeth before symptoms develop can prevent or reduce future complications.