Impacted wisdom teeth are a common problem which is encountered by thousands of people around the world on a daily basis. Some people will live with their wisdom teeth for years and never have any problems and some will have impacted wisdom teeth, with or without unwelcome symptoms.
The problem is that with impacted wisdom teeth, they can become infected and they can also cause significant damage to other teeth in the mouth, which is why they are removed as quickly as possible, preserving the other teeth and ensuring that no further damage is seen.
Signs and Symptoms
As previously mentioned, some people will have impacted wisdom teeth and only find out when x-rays are taken of their mouths, others will experience one or more symptoms, which results in them visiting the dentist. Signs and symptoms can include:
- Jaw pain
- Red and swollen gums surrounding the molars
- Tenderness around the wisdom tooth and other teeth
- Bad breath
- An unpleasant taste in the mouth
- Problems opening the mouth, feels as though the jaw is locked.
It is important to make an urgent appointment with your dentist if you are experiencing one or more of these signs, enabling them to diagnose the problem and put an effective treatment plan in place.
Understanding Impacted Wisdom Teeth
While the first sign that your wisdom teeth are playing up is usually pain, it’s important to understand what impacted wisdom teeth are and why you need urgent dental help if you think you may be suffering with this condition.
The main reason to visit your dentist is when you experience pain right behind your last molar. Impacted wisdom teeth don’t have room to push through the gums. They usually start pushing through in those aged seventeen to twenty five.
The tooth could be fully or partially impacted. Partially impacted wisdom teeth start pushing through the gum and then stop with just the top of the crown showing. Fully impacted has the wisdom teeth trying to push through, but just cannot reach the gums.
This can result in a number of complications including growing at an angle. The tooth could grow in any direction, including out towards the front of the mouth. This doesn’t only cause unwelcome pain, which can be persistent, it can also result in serious damage to the surrounding teeth.