Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to come in so they may not have the room they need to make it through. If you start to have impacted wisdom teeth symptoms, notify your dentist immediately. They can determine the problem and find a way to give your teeth the room they need to be healthy.
Here are 7 warning signs or symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth:
When an impaction occurs, it places pressure on both the joint and the surrounding teeth. This can cause extreme jaw pain or tooth pain if one of the affected teeth is damaged or broken due to pressure or shifting.
Swelling Around the Jaw
As the impacted tooth starts to work through the gum, it can cut the delicate tissue. In addition to causing an infection, there will also be inflammation around the tooth and sometimes extending back into the jaw.
It Hurts to Open Your Mouth
The presence of the inflammation and infection can make it difficult to open your mouth. Any additional pressure may cause pain, preventing you from lowering your jaw.
Swollen, Red Gums
The gum area around the impacted wisdom teeth may become red and swollen due to the infection or the pressure placed on the tissues as the teeth start to shift. Your wisdom teeth are sharp so they can break through the gums. This can cause internal lacerations that you may not be able to see.
Gums That Bleed or Are Tender to the Touch
As the wisdom teeth start to break through the surface of the gum, their sharp points can cause cuts or lacerations that are extremely painful. This can result in an infection that goes deep below the gum line. If you notice bleeding or the tooth is extremely painful, you will need to visit your dentist.
Anytime you have an infection in your mouth, the bacteria that is present will start to increase in number. This can cause bad breath that will only worsen as the infection increases to spread.
Bad Taste in Your Mouth
You may also have a bad taste in your mouth due to the blood and other fluids produced by the infection.
Discuss your impacted wisdom teeth symptoms with your dentist and his staff. They can reduce your pain and make you more comfortable. Don’t wait until you’re in pain. The longer you wait, the higher your risk of damaging your teeth.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth Treatment
If your impacted wisdom teeth are not causing any pain or symptoms, your dentist will monitor for tooth decay, gum disease or any other complications. Later on, if the dental problems arise, he/she might recommend wisdom teeth removal. On the other hand, if impacted wisdom teeth are causing pain or other complications, your dentist will suggest extraction of the wisdom teeth right away.
Also read – Wisdom Teeth Removal: What to Expect Before, During, and After.
After Care Tips for Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Wisdom tooth extraction may cause some swelling, pain, and bleeding. Your dentist/oral surgeon will provide after-care instructions to manage the pain, bleeding or swelling. They may:
- Prescribe some pain medications
- Recommend cold compress to reduce swelling
Visit your dentist every six months for cleaning and checkups. This will help your dentist monitor the symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth. Dental X-rays may help in identifying impacted wisdom teeth before any symptoms show up.
Frequently Asked Questions on Impacted Wisdom Teeth
We have compiled these following questions that we often receive from the patients.
Is it necessary to have your wisdom teeth removed?
Wisdom teeth removal is required if you experience the following problems:
- Pain, infection, and cysts
- Tooth decay
- Damage to nearby teeth
- Gum disease
How long does it take to recover from wisdom tooth extraction?
You will feel some pain or discomfort for 3-4 days. However, healing would take around 2 weeks.
How do you reduce the pain of impacted wisdom teeth?
You can reduce the pain of impacted wisdom teeth by:
- Rinsing your mouth with warm, salty water
- Numbing the wisdom tooth with a gel
- Using pain medication-Ibuprofen
If you or your loved one experience any of the symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth, visit our dental offices near you. We have a team of best oral surgeons who will provide you effective treatment for impacted wisdom teeth. We provide flexible financing options and insurance plans to make the treatment process affordable and stress-free.