Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Impacted wisdom teeth are painful, damaging to your oral health, and can lead to other dental problems. We offer wisdom teeth removal in Noble Square, but what happens when your wisdom teeth are impacted?

What are impacted wisdom teeth?

The third molars at the back of your mouth sometimes don’t have enough room to emerge, let alone develop normally. They are vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease—possibly more vulnerable than other teeth. When a wisdom tooth doesn’t have enough room to grow in or develop normally, they will become impacted. This is most likely because the mouth is too crowded for the third molars to grow correctly. Sometimes, an impacted wisdom tooth partially emerges. The crown of the tooth because visible, but it will never break through the gums.

Impacted wisdom teeth issues.

Pain and other dental complications are just a few examples of how impacted wisdom teeth can affect your health. Even if you don’t feel pain from these teeth, many dentists and oral surgeons recommend having them removed so they do not cause future issues. How can an impacted wisdom tooth grow in?

  • At an angle toward the next tooth
  • At an angle toward the back of the mouth
  • At a right angle to the other teeth (as if it’s lying down within the jawbone)
  • Straight up or down but trapped within the jawbone.

The symptoms.

Sometimes, it’s possible that you may have impacted wisdom teeth and not know. Symptoms aren’t always obvious. However, if an impacted wisdom tooth becomes infected, damages to your other teeth occur and dental problems are on the horizon. Some symptoms include:

  • Red or swollen gums (even tender and bleeding gums)
  • Jaw pain or swelling around the jaw
  • Bad breath and/or an unpleasant taste in your mouth
  • Pain when trying to open your mouth

Impacted wisdom teeth can cause a number of oral issues. Some of them are more curable than others. It’s important to keep your regular dental check-ups to see if it’s time for your wisdom teeth to be removed. Some issues associated with impacted wisdom teeth are:

  • Damage to other teeth
  • Cysts from the wisdom tooth development in a sac within the jawbone
  • Decay due to cleaning difficulties
  • Gum disease (pericoronitis)

Time to see a doctor?

If the above symptoms are happening to you, you should visit your dentist. It’s possible that the pain behind your last molars may be associated with impacted wisdom teeth.

To learn more about impacted wisdom teeth, call us today and make an appointment. Let EV Dental help you smile confidently.

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