Although most people develop and grow 32 permanent, adult teeth (16 in the upper and 16 in the lower jaw), many do not have enough room in their mouth for all of these teeth to completely erupt. Since the wisdom teeth are the last to develop, they will not have enough room to adequately erupt into the mouth to become fully functional teeth. This lack of room or space can result in a number of harmful effects on your overall dental health. When this occurs they are said to be impacted, indicating their inability to erupt into an alignment, which will allow them to be able to function in the chewing process.
If you do not have enough room in your mouth for your third molars to erupt and they become impacted, several detrimental results can occur:
Crowding impacted wisdom teeth can contribute to crowding of your teeth which is most noticeable in the front teeth, usually the lower front teeth