When it comes to dental problems, youth doesn’t always mean fewer issues. In fact, many people in their late teens deal with one fairly serious issue – wisdom teeth. Either they don’t have enough room in the mouth for their wisdom teeth to come through properly and they need to have them removed or the wisdom teeth end up being impacted.
What Does ‘Impacted Wisdom Teeth’ Mean?
Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars, and most people do get them. Some, though, end up not being able to grow them out properly because the teeth are blocked by other teeth and can’t come all the way through the gum line. This can cause distress because of the possible damage it can cause the teeth impacting (blocking) the growth, and because of the other problems it can cause.
3 Symptoms as Warning Signs of an Impact
Not sure if you’re fighting impacted wisdom teeth? Here are a few warning signs.
- Inflammation – Swelling in the jaw or gums, redness in the gums, and inflamed gums are all signs that you may have impacted wisdom teeth. You may notice more than one area that is inflamed. That is because you have wisdom teeth coming in on the top and on the bottom of both sides of the back of your tooth line.
- Tenderness and Bleeding Gums – Your gums may bleed because of being inflamed or because the wisdom teeth are irritating them. Bleeding gums may also be a sign of gum disease, and should be something you talk to your dentist about.
- Bad Breath or a Bad Taste – These symptoms may also be signs of other problems, but either way you should tell your dentist about it so he can get to the root of the problem.
If you’re hitting the right age, and you haven’t yet had your wisdom teeth removed, keep an eye out for these symptoms as well as pain in the back of your mouth, headaches, or pressure anywhere in your mouth.
What to Expect From Your Appointment
If you suspect that you have impacted wisdom teeth, you will want to give us a call right away. We’ll look for any swelling, new teeth coming through, or any redness. We’ll also take x-rays to see if your wisdom teeth are positioned correctly, and if they are on the surface and pressing on the teeth next to them. The exam with x-rays can also tell if there are any other problems, such as roots wrapped around your jawbone or a tooth coming in the wrong way.
When it comes right down to it, avoiding dental help when you suspect you may have impacted wisdom teeth may cause you more problems in the long run. Schedule an appointment, get it checked out, and your mouth will be back to normal in no time.
If you have any more questions about oral health or if you need to schedule an appointment with a dentist in central Arkansas, contact Central Dental by contacting the office nearest you.