Pain that has resulted from an impacted wisdom tooth (or teeth) is one of the most common causes of mouth pain, and often the culprit of jaw pain or a toothache. In this article, we are going to discuss four symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth, and what you need to do if you are currently experiencing any of these signs or symptoms.
Your wisdom teeth are the third and last molars of the upper and lower jaw. These teeth are the final ones to erupt and they generally begin to show themselves in your late teens or early twenties.
But how do teeth become impacted?
When your wisdom teeth do not have sufficient room to grow in properly, they could start to twist or tilt when they try to emerge causing those teeth to become what is known as “impacted.” Impacted wisdom teeth can become infected and even damage the rest of your teeth in the process.
There are varying degrees of severity when it comes to impacted wisdom teeth. The only way to know how to move forward with treatment is to contact your trusted dentist.
If you are experiencing any of the following signs, and if you live in or around the Alpharetta, GA area then it is important that you contact our dental office at Advanced Cosmetic and Family Dentistry and set up an appointment as soon as possible.
Impacted wisdom teeth can become infected, and even damage the rest of your teeth in the process.
1. Pain and Tenderness in the Back of the Mouth
If you are experiencing tenderness or a painful sensation in the back of your mouth that causes you to cringe in pain, then you may have an impacted wisdom tooth. The pain may radiate to other areas, but may also be concentrated specifically behind the last molar.
2. Difficulty Chewing Food
Patients with impacted wisdom teeth typically have trouble chewing food or drinking cold drinks. If you are consistently experiencing pain when you eat, and struggle to eat the foods that you love, then it may be time to see a dentist to find out if your wisdom teeth are impacted.
3. Swelling around the Jaw
Is your jaw sensitive to the touch? When you look in the mirror, do you see noticeable swelling on one side of your face in the jaw region? If so, then you may be suffering from an impacted wisdom tooth, and need an extraction.
4. Tender, Red or Bleeding Gums
One of the most common complaints of individuals who are suffering from impacted wisdom teeth is tender gums.
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The good news is that many of the issues surrounding impacted wisdom teeth can be avoided. By scheduling and keeping your regular dental appointments, Dr. Silverman and the Advanced Cosmetic & Family Dentistry team will be able to monitor the growth and development of your wisdom teeth over time.
Frequent X-Rays, at least once a year, will provide insight into the treatment options for wisdom teeth and hopefully prevent any type of symptoms from presenting themselves. X-Rays will give your dentist a broader view of what they’re working with.
At some point, you’ll need to have these wisdom teeth extracted. But we can help time this to when it’s not at the expense of your oral health and pain.