Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, swelling, infection, or damage to the teeth next to them. If the gum around the wisdom tooth is swollen the jaw may become stiff and sore. Infection at the back of the mouth can cause bad breath and a bad taste. The surgical removal (extraction) of one or more wisdom teeth can relieve these problems.
People who have impacted wisdom teeth that are not causing problems do not need to have them removed.
Having wisdom teeth removed is often the only way to permanently relieve painful symptoms.
Although antibiotics can provide temporary relief, the symptoms tend to flare up again in the future.
Generally, most of the wisdom teeth are impacted (embedded fully or partially within the bone) and require surgical extraction.