Impacted wisdom teeth are breeding grounds for bacteria and may cause tooth decay of the wisdom tooth and adjacent second molar.
Infection and inflammation of overlying gums can occur, resulting in pain and swelling and loss of supporting bone around adjacent second molar (periodontal bone loss).
More serious problems such as the development of cysts or tumours around an impacted tooth can occur, leading to destruction of the surrounding jawbone and neighbouring teeth.
These conditions may require complex and extensive treatment, as problems can develop silently without symptoms in the early stages. A check-up with your dentist is advisable.