Common Signs and Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth
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Lack of space in the jaw is commonly the root cause of an impacted wisdom tooth. When your jaw is too small to accommodate all of your teeth, they can become stuck or grow at the wrong angle. Insufficient space can make it difficult for your wisdom teeth to erupt fully, resulting in impaction. Possible prevention measures such as regular dental checkups and x-rays can help identify potential problems and your dentist to evaluate the location of your wisdom teeth. These actions may allow you to plan appropriate treatments with your dentist.
Impacted wisdom teeth don’t always cause any unusual problems at first, but symptoms can arise either suddenly or gradually. Symptoms to look out for can include the following:
- Pain in the gum area where the wisdom tooth is coming through.
- Tender gums that easily bleed.
- Swelling in the jaw area of the face.
- A foul odour is coming from the affected area.
- Difficulty opening the mouth or stiffness of the jaw.
If you’re experiencing any of these signs of an impacted wisdom tooth, don’t hesitate to consult your dentist toknow further your condition and get proper treatment.
Some dental professionals manage impacted wisdom teeth by leaving them alone only if they are not causing pain or interfering with oral health. But if they have potential risks and are causing severe discomfort, they are more likely to need removal. Furthermore, some patients may choose to have their impacted wisdom teeth extracted even if they aren’t causing any pain to prevent potential problems in the future. Managing wisdom teeth that don’t fully emerge significantly depends on your case. We highly recommend consulting the dentist to identify the appropriate course of action.
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause numerous adverse health effects beyond problems in your mouth and jaws. An infection caused by a wisdom tooth can spread to other body parts, leading to serious health conditions such as headaches and affecting vital organs like the heart or lungs. In severe cases, these complications can even be fatal. Therefore, it is important to pay attention to any adverse health effects that may arise due to wisdom teeth issues and seek appropriate treatment as soon as possible.
Partially impacted wisdom teeth can badly interfere with your oral hygiene because of their location in the far back of the mouth. Generally, a gum flap can form over the top of the wisdom teeth, which can make food and bacteria easily accumulate in these areas. These spaces can be difficult for a toothbrush or floss to reach, making it harder to keep impacted wisdom teeth clean. Taking preventative action, like regular dentist visits, can help maintain good oral hygiene.