Wisdom teeth that don’t come through the gum fully are breeding grounds for bacteria and can lead to tooth decay. Trapped food or plaque can also cause infection of the overlying gum. This can result in pain and swelling and can often affect the neighbouring teeth.
Serious problems although less frequently can arise, such as the formation of cysts or tumours around an impacted tooth, leading to destruction of the surrounding jawbone and neighbouring teeth. These conditions may require complex and extensive treatment. As problems can sometimes develop silently without your knowledge, at TwentyOneDental we recommend routine dental examinations to evaluate problems before they occur.