Most people develop wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, but rarely do people have enough room for these molars to take their rightful place in the mouth. Therefore, they usually remain trapped beneath jawbone and gums, either completely or partially. That is what is meant by “impacted” wisdom teeth. They can cause problems. Big problems. Usually they do hurt when they cause these problems, but not always. Even if there is no pain, there could still be a problem. A big one. Consulting with an oral surgeon will help you decide if you would be better off without these problem-prone teeth.