Are you concerned that your wisdom teeth may be causing health problems? If your wisdom teeth are emerging or if you have postponed their extraction, you will likely experience uncomfortable symptoms like facial pain, toothaches, and headaches. In some cases, wisdom tooth retention may shift teeth to unhealthy positions.
About Wisdom Teeth
They are the last of our teeth to break through the gums. Located farthest back in the mouth, there are four, one on the top and bottom, on each side of the mouth. The arrival of wisdom teeth varies, but generally begin to form in the pre-teen years. By late teen years, the crown of the tooth will begin to erupt through the gums. By mid-twenties, wisdom teeth will either be fully erupted or become impacted. When properly positioned and healthy, they serve as a valuable asset for your mouth, but oftentimes, they will cause a hassle.
For many people, the eruption of wisdom teeth causes crowding, which leads to abnormal development. There are different degrees of impacted wisdom teeth. Some are partially impacted, with part of the crown showing, while others never break through the gum and are fully impacted. Whether some or all of the wisdom teeth are partially or completely impacted, there is a risk of some complications. These complications can start with bleeding gums or mild pain, but if left untreated, can quickly develop into problems such as:
• Damage to adjacent teeth
• Gum and tooth disease
• Development of cysts
The symptoms of an impacted wisdom tooth can vary from mild to severe.
• Pain and tenderness close to the gums in the back of the mouth
• Difficulty chewing
• Redness over the area where the tooth surfaces
• Swelling around the jaw
• Bad taste in the mouth
• Swollen, tender, red, or bleeding gums
• Unpleasant breath odor
Schedule A Consultation
If you are experiencing issues with your wisdom teeth, contact Prestige Oral Surgery today at 732-297-7000.