Sometimes there isn’t enough room for the wisdom teeth to erupt into the dental arch which leaves them either completely or partially submerged in your jaw bone. The partial submersion can cause a food trap which leads to constant irritation, pain and infection at the back of your mouth. This condition itself can be treated by diligently cleaning the area.

However, it is often very difficult for patients to keep this area clean on their own, as it is hard to reach. If care is not given, the irritation over time can cause bone loss at the back of your second molar (the one right before the wisdom tooth). This can lead to constant infection of the partially erupted tooth, called ‘pericoronitis’. This is what is happening when someone tells you his or her wisdom teeth hurt.