Wisdom teeth are the third and last molars on each side of the upper and lower jaws. They are also the final teeth to erupt; they usually appear when a person is in their late teens or early twenties.
Impacted wisdom teeth do not always show symptoms, meaning you could have impacted teeth and not even realize it. If symptoms do arise, it is usually the result of the gum on top of the tooth becoming infected or swollen.
Common Signs & Symptoms:
- Tender Gums – The gums are also at risk of being affected by impacted wisdom teeth. They might begin to turn red, swell, or even bleed as the teeth fight to puncture the surface.
- Jaw Pain – Impacted wisdom teeth often lead to radiating pain through the jaw and skull. If left unattended, this pain can cause severe headaches and earaches. It is almost unavoidable to amplify this pain with casual chewing and drinking. susceptible to swelling, infection, and even nerve damage.
- Bad Odors – When the wisdom teeth are impacted, it is easier for bacteria to get trapped in the soft folds of the gums.This bacteria often grows quickly in the dark and leads to serious infection and tooth decay. That infection and tooth decay will cause a bad taste in the mouth and bad breath.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, you should schedule a consult to further evaluate. An impacted wisdom tooth is not a problem that will resolve naturally and if left untreated, the symptoms are likely to worsen as the teeth become increasingly impacted.
Potential problems of impacted wisdom teeth:
- They could damage adjacent teeth
- They could cause cysts to develop
- They can cause swelling and infection
- They can cause nerve damage
- They could lead to gum disease or tooth decay
There are several degrees of impacted wisdom teeth,
based on where the teeth lie within the jaw.
The American Dental Association recommends that people between 16 and 19 have their wisdom teeth evaluated to see if they need to be removed.
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