Many are experiencing pain from impacted wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth are trouble makers. Wisdom teeth are the last four of your 32 teeth to arrive. They arrive a bit late compared to your other teeth. Wisdom teeth appear between ages 17 to 25. Wisdom teeth can be twisted, tilted, or displaced as they try to emerge causing mild to extreme discomfort. At Affordable Dental Near Me (855) 662-1010 we see a common problem: A wisdom tooth does not have room to come out of the gum. We considered this impaction.
Why wisdom teeth get impacted and the symptoms and available treatment.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth Symptoms
“Sometimes impacted wisdom teeth do not show symptoms. You could have impacted teeth and not even realize it.” said Dr. William Ferro a lead dentist at Affordable Dental Near Me, However, if symptoms do show up, it’s usually the result of the gum on top of the tooth becoming infected or swollen.
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Symptoms can include:
- Swollen and Bleeding Gums
- Swelling around the Jaw
- Bad Breath
- Headache or Jaw Ache
- Unpleasant Taste when Eating
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, visit one of Affordable Dental Near Me wisdom specialist as soon as possible. Impacted wisdom teeth that are left untreated may lead to gum disease and tooth decay. They can also lead to damage to other teeth, infections, and overcrowding teeth. In very rare cases, impacted wisdom teeth can cause cysts and tumors.
What Causes Impacted Wisdom Teeth?
The most common cause of one or more impacted wisdom teeth is the tooth growing at the wrong angle. When your wisdom teeth grow at the wrong angle, they start to push against the teeth next to them and cause pain. The teeth grow at the wrong angle typically because there is not enough room for them to grow correctly. The teeth become trapped due to lack of space and start causing problems.
Often, an impacted wisdom tooth may partially emerge so that some of the crowns is showing. This is called a partially impacted tooth. Other times it may never break through your gums and remain fully impacted. Whether it’s partially or fully impacted, the tooth may:
- Grow at an angle towards the second molar
- Grow at an angle towards the back of your mouth
- Grow at a right angle away from the second molar
- Grow vertical, but stay trapped under your gum line
Impacted Wisdom Teeth Treatment
Impacted wisdom teeth that aren’t causing any symptoms or problems are called asymptomatic. Some dentist and oral surgeons recommend removing asymptomatic wisdom teeth to prevent future potential problems, because:
- Symptom-free wisdom teeth are not necessarily free of disease
- If they can’t erupt, then they can’t be cleaned properly
- The procedure is more difficult later in life
Impacted wisdom teeth that are causing pain and other problems are usually surgically removed or “extracted.” Extraction of a wisdom tooth is required when:
- Infection or gum disease is present
- The wisdom tooth has decay
- Cysts or tumors are present
- Wisdom teeth are damaging neighboring teeth
Wisdom teeth removal is usually done as an outpatient procedure, and you will go home the same day. The procedure includes:
- DentalSedation or Anesthesia – Depending on how severe your impaction is you will receive one of three types of pain relief during the surgery. Local anesthesia can be used in less serious cases to numb the area around the tooth to be removed. Sedation anesthesia may be used to help you relax. In more severe cases general anesthesia is used which makes you lose consciousness so you will be asleep during the entire procedure.
- Wisdom teeth Extraction – During the removal process, our dentist will make an incision in your gums and remove any bone that is blocking access to the impacted wisdom tooth root. After removing the tooth, the dentists will close the wound with stitches and pack the empty space with medical grade gauze to control bleeding.
Post-Surgery and Recovery
You may experience pain, bleeding, and swelling after surgery, but it won’t last long. The dentist at Affordable Dental Near me will give you instructions for caring for wound site and managing pain and swelling.
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If you haven’t had your wisdom teeth removed or haven’t had a dentist review your x-rays Affordable Dental Near Me can put you in contact with an experienced dentist in your neighborhood. If you’re in pain call (855) 662-1010 immediately and get relief.