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Wisdom teeth that are impacted need to be addressed by a professional. The biggest issue is going to be crowding in the mouth that alters the development of other teeth. As the wisdoms try to grow in, they cause changes in the overall bite structure. Beyond aesthetics, these changes can cause gum disease, accelerated tooth decay and even cyst growth that can damage nerve endings.

Symptoms of wisdom teeth impactionThe Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

When it comes to wisdom teeth, there are warning signs that may be telling of impaction.

  • Pain: By far pain is the most common sign of an impacted wisdom tooth. With mouth pain though, it can radiate. Some people feel pain in the central wisdom tooth area, but others feel pain at the front of their mouths. The reason for this is that wisdom teeth can push other teeth miniscule lengths. Although it is negligible to the eye, the sensitive nerve endings throughout the gums know when they are being touched. The pain felt by impacted wisdom teeth can radiate, but it will also show at the actual cite. Any pain that originates from the back of the mouth can be suspect. It’s important to get to the dentist if this is the pain that starts.
  • Swelling around the jaw: Another sign of impacted wisdom teeth is swelling around the jaw area. This can extend from the chin and back to the under-ear area. Any swelling or tenderness here can be a sign of an impacted wisdom tooth waiting to be taken out. As the tooth shifts deep in the jaw, it disrupts nerve endings spanning the entire mouth. Because of this, the swelling can affect any area around the mouth. If you have swelling in the jaw, get a professional opinion as to what the cause is.
  • Swollen or bleeding gums: Gums are another part of the mouth affected by impacted wisdom teeth. The wisdom teeth cause shifting and sometimes it can be strong enough to create tenderness in other teeth. This is where a gum may start to bleed and swell. This is definitely a telltale sign of something going wrong in the mouth. Any swelling or bleeding of the gums should be discussed with a doctor.
  • Difficulty Opening Your Mouth: Impacted wisdom teeth can restrict the normal range of motion of your jaw, making it difficult to open your mouth fully. This limitation in jaw movement is often referred to as trismus. It occurs because the impacted tooth or the surrounding tissue may be pressing against the adjacent teeth or jawbone, causing discomfort and reduced mobility of the jaw. This can interfere with daily activities such as eating, talking, and oral hygiene practices.
  • Bad Breath: Wisdom teeth impaction can create an environment where food particles and bacteria get trapped in the pockets around the partially emerged tooth. This can lead to the development of bad breath or halitosis. The trapped debris and bacteria produce unpleasant odors, resulting in persistent bad breath that can be embarrassing and socially uncomfortable. Proper oral hygiene becomes challenging due to the limited access to clean these areas thoroughly.
  • Jaw Pain or Stiffness: Impacted wisdom teeth can contribute to jaw pain or stiffness, particularly when opening and closing your mouth. The pressure and inflammation caused by the impacted tooth can affect the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which is responsible for jaw movement. This can result in discomfort, aching, or even sharp pains in the jaw area. In severe cases, it may lead to limited jaw mobility and difficulty in performing routine tasks like chewing and speaking.
  • Headaches: Some individuals with impacted wisdom teeth may experience headaches as a result of the associated pain and tension in the jaw and surrounding muscles. The persistent discomfort caused by impacted wisdom teeth can radiate to the head and trigger tension headaches or even migraines. These headaches can range from mild to severe and may become a recurring issue until the wisdom teeth are addressed.
  • Infection: Wisdom teeth impaction can create an environment conducive to bacterial growth and infection. When the impacted tooth partially emerges, it leaves a small opening in the gum tissue that can trap food particles and bacteria. This trapped debris can lead to localized infection known as pericoronitis. Symptoms of pericoronitis include pain, swelling, and a foul taste or odor in the mouth. Left untreated, this infection can worsen and may require antibiotic treatment or dental intervention to resolve.

Symptoms of wisdom teeth impactionTreatment Options

The treatment for wisdom teeth impaction depends on the severity of the condition and the specific problems it is causing. Here are some common approaches to address and potentially cure wisdom teeth impaction:

  1. Monitoring: In some cases, if the impacted wisdom teeth are not causing any pain or other dental issues, your dentist may recommend a “wait and see” approach. Regular dental check-ups will help monitor the condition. If there are no signs of infection, discomfort, or damage to adjacent teeth, leaving them untouched might be a suitable option.
  2. Pain Management: When wisdom teeth impaction is causing pain and discomfort, over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help manage the pain. Follow your dentist’s or doctor’s recommendations for appropriate dosage.
  3. Oral Hygiene: Maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial when dealing with wisdom teeth impaction. Regularly brushing and flossing the area around the impacted tooth can help prevent infection and reduce the risk of gum inflammation.
  4. Warm Saltwater Rinse: Gargling with warm saltwater can help alleviate some of the discomfort associated with wisdom teeth impaction. It can also aid in reducing inflammation and promoting healing. Rinse your mouth with the saltwater solution several times a day.
  5. Antibiotics: If there are signs of infection or if your dentist believes there’s a risk of infection due to wisdom teeth impaction, they may prescribe antibiotics. It’s important to complete the full course of antibiotics as prescribed.
  6. Dental Extraction: In many cases, impacted wisdom teeth are surgically extracted. This is a common and effective treatment to cure wisdom teeth impaction, especially when they are causing pain, infection, or other dental problems. The procedure is typically done by an oral surgeon or a dentist with experience in extractions.
  7. Orthodontic Treatment: In certain situations where the impacted wisdom teeth are affecting the alignment of adjacent teeth, orthodontic treatment may be recommended. Orthodontic appliances can help create space for the impacted teeth to erupt properly.
  8. Surgical Extraction of Gum Tissue: In cases where the wisdom teeth are only partially covered by gum tissue, a surgical procedure called “gingivectomy” or “operculectomy” may be performed. This involves removing the gum tissue that is covering the tooth, allowing it to erupt more easily.
  9. Cyst Removal: Rarely, a cyst may develop around an impacted wisdom tooth. In such cases, a surgical procedure to remove the cyst may be necessary.
  10. General Anesthesia: Some complex cases of wisdom teeth impaction may require the use of general anesthesia during the extraction procedure. This is often recommended for patients with severe anxiety or when multiple impacted teeth need to be removed.

Get In Touch with Tooth Doctor if You Have the Symptoms

If you’re experiencing symptoms of wisdom teeth impaction, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Tooth Doctor. We understand that this condition can be uncomfortable and even painful, and we’re here to help. Our experienced dental professionals will carefully assess your situation, discuss treatment options, and provide you with personalized care to alleviate your symptoms. Whether it’s pain, infection, or other discomfort related to wisdom teeth impaction, we’re dedicated to finding the right solution for you. Don’t let wisdom teeth impaction disrupt your oral health and well-being – schedule an appointment with Tooth Doctor today and take the first step towards relief and better oral health.

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