Wisdom teeth are a specific type of molars that are located at the very back of your mouth. Wisdom teeth typically emerge during the late teenage years or early twenties. However, they may become impacted if there is insufficient space in the jaw or if they grow in at an awkward angle.
Impacted wisdom teeth often require extraction. If gum plaque is not removed, it can lead to gum tenderness, swelling, and potentially severe pain. Partially or fully erupted impacted wisdom teeth can be challenging to clean properly, making them more prone to tooth decay, recurring infections, and gum disease.
Your dentist will check your wisdom teeth at your checkup/teeth cleanings and can advise you if there is a need for extraction.