Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth are the last set that appear in human beings. It erupts between the ages of seventeen to twenty-five. However, it is not necessary that everyone would grow a pair.
Permanent teeth get ample time and space to properly shoot out of the gums and mostly grow without any hindrance, but this is not the case with wisdom teeth. They do not have adequate area to grow. That is why they appear on the surface at an angle and not straight like others. Due to this low angle and small space, some part of it never comes out, resulting in severe dental issues.
If you have pain at the back of your mouth, it could be because of your wisdom tooth. Get in touch with our dentist in Almond Dental located in Fountains Drive Maple Grove.
Common Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Impacted wisdom teeth may or may not appear with symptoms that are easily noticeable or alarming in any way. However, if they get infected, they present with the following symptoms
- Swollen gums
- Red gums
- Foul mouth odor
- Bad taste
- Jaw lock
- Tender gums
- Intense pain
Pain in the jaw is inconsistent; it comes and goes. The gap between pain episodes varies from weeks to months. If you see any symptoms from the list, as mentioned earlier, with fluctuating pain episodes, you should go to the dentist as soon as possible.
Complications Associated with Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Improperly erupted wisdom teeth are at higher risk of dental caries. They are hard to reach and clean properly, therefore become prone to bacterial buildup resulting in cavities and, later, tooth decay.
Cysts are soft, liquid-filled sac-like structures. Wisdom teeth develop in the pouches present inside the jaw bone. This pouch may sometimes fill with liquid forming a cyst, damaging the bone and nerves. This complication requires the removal of tissue by a dental surgeon.
Damage to the Neighboring Tooth
Wisdom tooth often pushes its neighboring molar while emerging to the surface. As a result, chances of infection increase multiple folds. The pressure can also cause your molar to deviate a little changing the overall look of your teeth.
Swollen, painful, inflamed gums, a disease also known as pericoronitis, often accompanies impacted wisdom teeth, worsening oral health.
When you notice the symptoms, it is best to visit a professional immediately. Your dentist will get an X-ray done to have a clear picture of the extent of the issue, whether the wisdom tooth is harming its neighboring teeth or not.
Removal Of wisdom teeth
Wisdom teeth are scientifically redundant. That is why it is advised to get them removed when they appear and start damaging permanent teeth or oral health. Dentists will evaluate the need for surgery according to the angle of wisdom teeth growth. If the he/ she feels that it will negatively impact the rest of the set, they will advise you to get it removed.
Dentists at Almond Dental are very well equipped with tools for the diagnosis of such complications. Please schedule an appointment with our dentist in Maple Grove for consultation.