Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars in the back of the mouth and are the last to erupt. When there is not sufficient space in the dental arch for wisdom teeth to erupt properly, they can become impacted.
Impacted wisdom teeth can be extremely troublesome for patients. They typically cause a great deal of pain, and can cause shifting or damage to nearby teeth. In some cases, wisdom teeth do not cause major symptoms; however, they should still be addressed as they can be difficult to clean, and therefore, more susceptible to decay.
In cases of impacted wisdom teeth, we typically recommend removal.
How wisdom teeth become impacted
Grow at an angle toward second molars
Grow sideways within the jawbone
The most common symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth
It’s important to schedule a consultation with your dentist if you have any of the following symptoms:
Bleeding, inflammation or increased sensitivity of the gums
Chronic bad breath or odor from the mouth
Localized pain at the back of the mouth
In many cases, impacted wisdom teeth are discovered during routine x-rays before patients experience symptoms; however it’s still important to know what to look for.
Simple, straight-forward extractions
Wisdom tooth extractions are an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthetic and oral conscious sedation. The removal process is quick and patients will need to arrange for transportation to and from the appointment. A series of after-care instructions will be provided in order to handle any swelling or pain and facilitate proper healing.
By understanding the symptoms of impacted teeth and maintaining regular dental visits for x-rays and cleanings, you can help identify a problem before it causes damage. If you are in the Hiram, GA area and need to schedule an evaluation, call (770) 423-1132 today.
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