Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to emerge, generally coming through between the ages of 17 and 25. It is estimated that 89% of the population will have one or all four wisdom teeth removed. For some, they develop without any problems or discomfort, but for others, they can create a range of complications and hence need to be extracted. The main problem is that they become impacted.
They emerge at an angle and don’t come through straight, either failing to emerge at all or only partially breaking through the gum. The impacted wisdom tooth will most likely be growing towards your healthy back teeth. The issue here is that the underside of our teeth is not protected, and the force of the wisdom teeth can damage perfectly healthy teeth.