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Wisdom teeth that can’t fully break through the gum (erupt) are called impacted. These teeth can grow in almost any direction, including:
The temporomandibular joint combines a hinge action with sliding motions. The parts of the bones that interact in the joint are covered with cartilage and are separated by a small shock-absorbing disk, which normally keeps the movement smooth.
Painful TMJ disorders can occur if:
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause sudden (acute) problems, ongoing (chronic) problems, or no problems at all. Removing the teeth before symptoms occur can prevent or reduce future problems. Dental X-rays can help your dentist find problems or help show if your wisdom teeth are likely to cause problems in the future. But it’s not always clear if wisdom teeth will give you trouble. Possible problems include: