They are the third molars that commonly come in around the ages of 17-21.
Many times wisdom teeth do not have enough space to come in so they erupt in the wrong position. The poorly positioned wisdom teeth can cause food traps and give bacteria places to grow. This can cause cavities and infections. Left untreated wisdom teeth can cause swelling, pain, damage to other teeth or bone surrounding the teeth.
This means your wisdom teeth are trapped in the jaw under the gums and do not have enough space to make their way out.
Your dentist may suggest wisdom teeth extractions for optimal placement of braces, to prevent gum disease or other preventive/restorative reasons.
Yes. If not extracted, wisdom teeth can create health problems.