Warning Signs: Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Could you be ignoring symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth? We often refer to the third molars in the back of the mouth as Wisdom Teeth. They are the last adult teeth to come into the mouth. Most people have four total, two on top and two on bottom. While they can be a valuable asset to the mouth when they are properly aligned and healthy, they usually are not.
Most dental specialists will recommend removal due to the potential danger of wisdom teeth. They will often cause severe pain and pose dangerous threats to your overall dental health.
For those who choose not to take the immediate removal route, it is important to be aware of the serious dangers of impacted wisdom teeth.
Causes of Impacted Wisdom Teeth:
- Growth at an angle toward next tooth
- Growth at an angle toward the back of the mouth
- Growth straight up or down but remains trapped within the jaw bone
Dangers 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
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 a bad odor.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, the best will probably be removal. This is not a problem that will resolve naturally and if left untreated, the symptoms are likely to worsen as the teeth become increasingly impacted.Come on into A Smile Shoppe can examine your teeth to determine the best solution for you!
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