Wisdom Teeth Removal: Three Signs Your Teeth are Impacted
Wisdom teeth have a tendency to cause issues for a lot of people. These third morals can cause high levels of pain and lead to serious dental complications. Because of this, it is highly recommended by most dental professionals to undergo wisdom teeth removal even if they are not causing any complications. Even worse, if you allow you wisdom teeth to remain impacted, you risk damaging nearby teeth, gum disease, tooth decay, nerve damage, and cysts. In this post, Houghtaling Dental will look at three signs that your wisdom teeth could be impacted.
Jaw Pain. Jaw pain results from many different causes, however, if you have not had your wisdom teeth extracted and you’re feeling pain through your jaw and into your skull that gets more intense while chewing, it could be a sign that your wisdom teeth are impacted. Swelling of the jaw area may be a sign of a very serious impaction, as the tooth could be creating an infection or nerve damage.
Sore or Bleeding Gums. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause your overall dental health to decline. In general, jaw and tooth pain will spread throughout the mouth, including gums. Bleeding or sore gums –especially in the back of the mouth – could be a sign that there is a major problem with your wisdom teeth.
Foul Taste and Smells. Bacteria has a tendency to become trapped in folds of the teeth and gums where they grow quickly because of the dark, damp environment. The infection the bacteria may cause could lead to decay and even cysts. If you have tooth decay, you’ll have a rotten taste in your mouth and noticeably bad-smelling breath.
At Houghtaling Dental, we believe it’s important to focus on prevention. If you experience any of these signs, contact us today so we can do an examination to determine is wisdom teeth removal is right for you.