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Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars in the back of your mouth that begin to show in your late teens/early 20s. The most common reasons that people need to have their wisdom teeth extracted include:
They are trapped or impacted. Because they are located so far back in the mouth, wisdom teeth may not emerge normally and can become trapped or impacted in the jawbone or gums. This can cause pain, an infection, or a cyst that damages other teeth.
May not have fully erupted through the gums. Because it is hard to see and properly clean teeth that have not fully emerged from the gums, it can house harmful bacteria that lead to gum disease and oral infections.
The mouth is not big enough. In some cases, the jaw simply has no room for an extra set of molars and the wisdom teeth need to be extracted.