What Can Go Wrong with Your Wisdom Teeth?

young woman holds her jaw in pain from impacted wisdom teeth

The phrase “wisdom teeth” sounds pretty nice… who wouldn’t want something that comes along with wisdom? In reality, however, wisdom teeth often cause more harm than good. It’s possible that the only time you’ve ever thought about wisdom teeth was when someone you knew was getting them removed. Here are some of the things that can go wrong with wisdom teeth, resulting in the need for extraction.

Pain with Impaction

It’s common for wisdom teeth to essentially get stuck while they’re trying to erupt, which is what’s referred to as an impacted wisdom tooth. If that happens, it can be pretty painful. Some people worry that getting a tooth removed is going to hurt, but that’s really not the case. Leaving a wisdom tooth in that’s impacted is what can really cause you discomfort!

Potential for Infection

Because of their position, wisdom teeth can be harder to keep clean. This is even more the case if they’re only partially emerged. For some people, it’s better to just have the wisdom teeth removed before they wind up causing a serious infection.


If there’s not just the right amount of space in your jaw for your wisdom teeth to come in alongside all your other teeth, then you may have some crowding on your hands. Crowding is when teeth get pushed together and misaligned, negatively affecting the overall bite. Imagine having gone through orthodontic treatment as a teenager only for the appearance of your wisdom teeth to mess it all up!

Wisdom Teeth Removal at Three Creek Dentistry

If you’re experiencing one of the situations we mentioned above, it’s a good idea to get your wisdom teeth checked out by a dental professional. For anyone in and around Derwood, Three Creek Dentistry is there for you! We provide wisdom teeth removal as well as other types of tooth extractions, so we can assess whether it’s the right move for your smile’s health. Call or email us to set up an appointment today!


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