What Are the Dangers of Impacted Wisdom Teeth?

June 24, 2024

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 11:58 am
Frowning man experiencing wisdom tooth pain

It is common for people to undergo wisdom tooth removal surgery when they are teenagers or young adults. In fact, this procedure is something of a rite of passage! Of course, it is not necessary for every individual. However, it is essential for most people because impacted wisdom teeth can lead to some significant health issues. What are some of the specific dangers of impacted wisdom teeth? This blog post explains.

Gum Disease

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection in the pink tissue that surrounds the teeth. As it progresses, it can lead to tooth loss and an increased risk of numerous systemic health problems, including heart attack and stroke.

If a wisdom tooth is partially impacted (partially stuck beneath the gumline), it can trap food particles and bacteria around it. As a result, plaque may form. The bacteria in the plaque can attack the gums and contribute to the development of gum disease.


Wisdom teeth are located at the back of the mouth, so it is not always easy to keep them clean and healthy. This is especially true when they are partially impacted. Bacteria can accumulate on them, leading to plaque and tartar development. Eventually, cavities can form. In some cases, cavities in the wisdom teeth grow to the point where they cause significant pain and sensitivity. They can even open the way for severe dental infections that cause systemic illness.

Damage to Nearby Teeth

Most people’s mouths are simply not large enough to accommodate a full set of 32 teeth. Therefore, as the wisdom teeth try to emerge from the gumline, they may erupt at a strange angle. They can push against the other teeth, causing sensitivity and discomfort. They could even shove the other teeth out of their proper alignment.

Cysts and Tumors

In some individuals, noncancerous cysts and tumors develop in the tissue near impacted wisdom teeth. They can cause significant pain, particularly when they put pressure on nearby nerves.

Protecting Your Oral Health and Overall Wellness

Removing your wisdom teeth in a timely manner could prevent pain and protect your head-to-toe wellness! If your oral surgeon or dentist advises you to undergo this procedure, you should certainly heed their advice.

Meet the Practice

Piney Point Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is home to three talented, board-certified oral surgeons, all of whom are eager to provide top-quality care for the Houston community. If you believe it may be time to get your impacted wisdom teeth removed, our team is ready to consult with you. Contact our friendly front desk staff at 713-783-5560.

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