Charles M. Marks D.D.S and Dental Associates.

Conveniently located at 34th Street and 5th Avenue. Drs. Charles M. Marks and his associates offer Invisalign, cosmetic dental treatments and dental care for children, teens and adults.

212.279.1232

Problems Caused by Impacted Wisdom Teeth

The wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the final set of teeth to develop and appear in the adult mouth. Often, wisdom teeth do not erupt until the age of 17 or later. If the wisdom teeth are not positioned properly and cannot fully erupt in the mouth, they are considered impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause infection, pain, or damage to other teeth. If you have questions about your wisdom teeth and their effect on your dental health, consult your dentist for more information.

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Tooth Decay
When an impacted wisdom tooth begins to emerge from the gums, only a small portion of the tooth may be able to break through the tissue. The tooth causes a small opening in the gums where food debris and bacteria can easily collect. Over time, this can lead to decay of the wisdom tooth and any adjacent teeth that may be exposed to higher levels of bacteria. Tooth decay causes pain and requires dental treatment to prevent further problems.

Infection or Cyst
A partially-erupted wisdom tooth can trap bacteria that cause an infection of the gums. Gum infections result in swelling, tenderness, and may lead to periodontal disease. Alternatively, a fluid-filled sac called a cyst may develop inside the gums around an infected wisdom tooth. Over time, a cyst can cause damage to the bone of the jaw and affect the roots of adjacent teeth.

Tooth Damage and Crowding
If an impacted wisdom tooth encroaches on the space required for an adjacent tooth, it can cause damage to the roots or nerves of that tooth. Impacted wisdom teeth may also crowd nearby teeth, leading to a misalignment of the teeth in your mouth that affects the look of your smile and your dental health.

If you are experiencing a toothache or sore, tender gums, schedule a visit to Dr. Charles M. Marks, D.D.S. and Dental Associates for an evaluation. We proudly provide complete dental care, including treatment of wisdom teeth, in our Manhattan dental office. Check us out on the Web to discover the benefits of regular dental care. 

347 5th Avenue Suite 1310
New York, NY 10016

Hours of Operation

  • Closed Sunday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Tuesday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Wednesday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Thursday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Friday
  • Closed Saturday