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Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

February 15, 2016

Filed under: Wisdom Teeth — Dr. Steve Koo @ 11:58 am

Impacted wisdom teethWisdom teeth are the final set of adult molars that develop in the back of the mouth, usually between the age of 17 to 25. Unfortunately, many people don’t have enough room in their mouth to allow the 3rd set of molars to come in correctly. As a result, it’s not uncommon for the teeth to become impacted, which causes 5 million people a year in the US to have their wisdom teeth removed. The impaction of the teeth can lead to complications if they aren’t removed, even if no symptoms are present. Piney Point removes wisdom teeth to reduce the risk for complications, while addressing any symptoms that may be present.

What are Impacted Wisdom Teeth?

Some people have no problem getting their wisdom teeth, while others just don’t have enough room for the teeth to come in correctly. When this is the case, the teeth may grow in at an angle next to the second set of adult molars, or they can grow in at an angle toward the back of the mouth. In some instances, the teeth may grow in parallel to the jawbone. Other times, they can grow in at a normal angle, but remain trapped within the jawbone. No matter the angle, this causes the teeth to become impacted, opening the door to serious oral health complications.

Symptoms of Impaction

Often, wisdom teeth impaction doesn’t cause any symptoms, however, for others the impaction can eventually cause the tooth and surrounding tissue to become infected. This can lead to the damage of other teeth, as well as red, swollen, and tender gums. In some cases, the gums may even bleed. The pain and swelling can extend to the jaw, leading to difficulty opening the mouth. In addition, you can have a bad taste in your mouth or even bad breath.

Complications from Impacted Teeth

Even if no symptoms of the impaction are present, there are be complications in the mouth that may not always be obvious. Due to the wisdom tooth trying to force its way to the surface, the tooth can damage the surrounding teeth. The added pressure can cause the teeth to become misaligned and even increase the risk for infection.

In some cases, the wisdom tooth can develop a sac in the jawbone that’s known as a cyst. This cyst can cause damage to the teeth, nerves, and even the jawbone. When this occurs, it can progress to the point some bone and tissue may need to be removed.

The trapped tooth can also easily begin to decay, as well as cause decay of the surrounding teeth. The decay can lead to gum disease, which poses a host of additional complications.

Removing Wisdom Teeth

At Piney Points, we can quickly and easily evaluate your wisdom teeth for impaction. Should they be impacted, we can remove your wisdom teeth and treat any complications they may have caused. We’ll safely and effectively remove your wisdom teeth while causing as little discomfit as possible. Contact us today for a consultation for wisdom teeth removal.

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