Do impacted wisdom teeth cause crowding and damage other teeth?

Possibly. Impact wisdom teeth probably do not cause crowding of the teeth in the front, because the wisdom teeth would need to push on the 2nd molar, 1st molar, 2nd premolar, 1st premolar, canine and the incisors. Some people believe the wisdom teeth do cause the crowding but people without the wisdom teeth can still get crowding in the front teeth. Sometimes the wisdom teeth cause damage to the 2nd molars.
No crowding. In most cases, inadequate space in the mouth does not allow the wisdom teeth to erupt properly and impacted wisdom teeth can contribute to infection, damage to other teeth, but NOT crowding. Today, the premise no longer exists for the extraction of all wisdom teeth simply to minimize future crowding of front teeth. The research evidence disproving the theory of crowding.
Crowding. This is a much debated topic, and there exists plenty of support both for and against wisdom teeth contributing to crowding of your teeth. However, general consensus currently is that wisdom teeth do contribute to anterior crowding, especially in the lower jaw. Keep in mind, many other factors also contribute to crowding of your anterior teeth.
Possibly. An impacted tooth should be removed, and soon since it can cause pain and worse issues, like infection. It is also likely to crowd and affect/damage other teeth, as it is not coming in properly.
Possibly. Orthodontic literature reports that wisdom teeth contribute very slightly (less than 10%) to anterior crowding. There are many other growth and occlusal developmental changes that allow or cause anterior crowding, so wear your retainers. Malposed/impacted wisdom teeth can damage or destroy 12 year molars and can destroy surrounding or adjacent gum/bone. See an Oral surgeon for evaluation.

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Studies show that no more then 12% of IMPACTED wisdom teeth cause noticeable problems. If no pain/noticeable pain, should I leave unless bad impact??

Depends... Removal or retention of third molars is very individualistic. You should consult with your dentist and an oral surgeon if they recommend seeing one.
Oral surgeon. I disagree with your statistics. Some wisdom teeth are sure to cause problems in the future despite no current symptoms. Best advice is to see an oral surgeon for exam/options.

Can impacted wisdom teeth cause eye pressure and trouble focusing.

Unlikely. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pressure in the jaws. Unlike to cause pressure on the eye and does not usually relate to changes visual acuity. Please see an eye doctor to have your eyes looked at. Also see a dentist soon.
Rarely. Impacted teeth can cause sinus pressure, but should have little or no effect on the eye.
Very unlikely. It would be unlikely that your impacted wisdon teeth would effect eye pressure or the troublr focusing. Though you can have referred pain from the impacted third molars, it is not common to see it in the eye. I would see your eye doctor.

Are there any at home treatments for TMJ disorder? Also can impacted wisdom teeth cause TMJ disorder?

Yes and yes. There are many otc mouth guards which are effective for some people. Moist heat applied to the area can help. Nsaids can help. Impacted wisdom teeth can refer pain to the tmj.
TMJ disorders. Wisdom teeth can certainly affect the TMJ disorders but is not the only cause. Removing the wisdom teeth can help relieving the TMJ pain, and can also cause it to get worse or start the TMJ pain. As for home remedies... Place damp heated towels by the TMJ before bedtime and take a pain medication as an anti-inflamatory. A temporary fix, get an otc boil and bite mouthguard. Best bet is to see a dds.
Yes to both but... Any home treatments should not be performed unless you have been recommended to do so by a dentist and/or a tmj/tmd specialist. An evaluation as far as your symptoms including a check of the wisdom teeth are imperative.
Home treatment. The muscles and ligaments that cause your jaw to move are not working smoothly. If you chew gum stop. Eat softer foods next 2-3 weeks. Apply moist heat to the joint area. Stress plays a big role in triggering TMJ problems. Find activities to help reduce your stress level. See your dentist for more detailed help.
Yes. No. Wisdom teeth and TMJ can have overlapping symptoms but not related. Self treat with soft diet, jaw exercises, massage, heat/cold, OTC pain meds.

Can horizontally impacted wisdom teeth cause ear aches and loss of hearing?

Yes and (no?) Impacted teeth may cause referred pain, especially if there is inflammation or infection associated with them. I have never heard of nor believe that impacted lower wisdom teeth (and probably upper impacted wisdom teeth) can cause loss of hearing. I recommend that you discuss the removal of the wisdom teeth with an oral surgeon and your hearing loss with an ENT specialist.
Yes. Although there are a number of different causes for ear aches and loss of hearing, impacted wisdom teeth can cause some pain in the ear and problems hearing.
Yes/No. Earaches yes. Hearing loss no. For best results with wisdom teeth, make sure you are evaluated and treated by a board certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon. For hearing loss, see ENT doc.

Can impacted wisdom teeth cause discomfort in other teeth/gums. Inflamed not infected. Feels like my bite is off. Clench teeth at night sometimes?

Yes. The pressure from an impacted tooth may have shifted your other teeth by a fraction, throwing your bite off. Have an oral surgeon take a look regarding extracting them.
Definitely, yes. Sometimes wisdom teeth are valuable asset when healthy and properly aligned, but more often, they are misaligned, cause discomfort in other teeth, painful and require removal. The removal of wisdom teeth is one of the most common procedures. See a dentist for evaluation, x-rays and treatment if needed.

I've had our impacted wisdom teeth since I was 17. Still have them. Will they cause any damage?

No way to. Determine that over the internet. A dentist who can clinically examine you and see x-rays of the teeth can give you the best answer to your question. We also can't predict the future, even if we saw you in person. We can only render an educated guess.
Oral surgeon. Need to see doc for evaluation. See an expert. For best results with wisdom teeth, make sure you are evaluated and treated by a board certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon.

Can wisdom teeth cause headaches when there's no pain from the teeth? I have 4 impacted wisdom. All fully developed.

Since. Since the wisdom teeth are impacted, either upright or askew (can't tell without an exam), if they are erupting, they can be putting pressure on the gum and bone tissue, which can manefest itself as a headache. I once had a patient who had severe migranes. His physician could not find anything wrong wih him, and advised him to have a dental exam. After examining him, I advised him that he needed a root canal on an upper molar. He protested, claiming the tooth did not hurt him. I asked him to allow me to show him. As his headache was killing him (but tooth was not hurting), I anesthetized him on that one tooth. As I was administering the injection, his headache stopped. I completed the root canal therapy and his headaches vanished. Speak to an oral surgeon about extracting those teeth and hopefully your headaches will no longer be an issue.
As. As my colleague doctor davantzis, has answered wisdom teeth can and do cause headaches, and his experience as related is not uncommon. The growing pains associated with bone remodeling as a tooth erupts can indeed be uncomfortable and interpreted as pain in the head. Not uncommon is the awareness that an area of pain from an erupting tooth pressing on tissue can be relieved by holding the jaw in an abnormal position which is not the natural rest position. This posturing requires muscular effort and the extended use of the muscles results in pain in the muscle and its attachments. The temporomandibular joint is a complicated structure, and if it is held in the wrong position for any length of time can cause ear ache and a face ache so not only direct pressure from the wisdom tooth, but also muscle pain can be interpreted as headache. One more thing that can also cause pain is swelling that is not painful in and of itself, from low grade inflammation may also displace the tissues at the back of the mouth and the throat and this again can produce pain. I recommend that you see you dentist as soon as is possible and have the whole area carefully evaluated. Dr neik mcleod dds dentistry that lasts - quality that counts.

I was wondering what are sublingual glands/salivary glands is it cause by my impacted wisdom teeth?

Normal Glands. The sublingual glands are normal anatomical structures that are one of the major salivary glands along with the parotid and submandibular glands responsible for producing saliva in the mouth. Impacted wisdom teeth are not responsible or contribute to the development of the glands.
Unrelated. Salivary glands unrelated to wisdom teeth. See wisdom tooth expert. For best results with wisdom teeth, make sure you are evaluated and treated by a board certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon.