When Wisdom Teeth May Only Partially Erupt

For most people wisdom teeth come through in the latter stages of their teen years. If wisdom teeth only partially emerge or become trapped beneath the gumline, they will require treatment from your dentist.

Key takeaways:

  • In human evolution, the jaw has become smaller over time and often there is not be enough room for a wisdom tooth to come through properly.
  • Being hard to clean, a partially erupted tooth can lead to an infection which is why it is vital it is assessed by a dentist.
  • Extraction is often the only option, but this is a straightforward procedure which should cause minimal discomfort.

“Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, swelling, and infection. For some people, impacted wisdom teeth may “push” against the neighbouring teeth, affecting tooth alignment.”

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