3 Warning Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

There are few oral health abnormalities as painful for patients as impacted wisdom teeth. Understanding the signs of impacted wisdom teeth, can help you know when to get proper dental help. It is also possible to detect impacted wisdom teeth early through regular dental checkups and a panolipse x-ray. In some situations Dr. Bailey might even recommend that patients to consider wisdom teeth removal early, even if they have not reported many problems.

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When They’re Impacted, There’s a Problem

Once a patient starts having problems with wisdom teeth occur, there is a good chance they have become impacted. If a tooth has become impacted, there are an array of signs and symptoms that will alert you that something is not right. If you experiencing any of these signs/symptoms then it is time to make an appointment to come in and see Dr. Bailey and his staff.

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1. Pain
2. Swollen, Tender, Red or Bleeding Gums
3. Swelling Around the Jaw

Secondary, additional symptoms may include:

• Bad taste in the mouth
• Unpleasant breath
• Swollen glands
• Ear ache
• Headaches of the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ), the connection between the jaw and skull

Complications of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

When wisdom teeth become impacted they can lead to crowding in the mouth, which promotes abnormal development of the adjacent teeth. It can also cause infection in and around the impacted areas. There are varying degrees of impacted wisdom teeth, some partially impacted teeth may have part of the crown showing, while others never penetrate the gum and are fully impacted. There are potential complications for both partially impacted and completely impacted teeth. Complications can begin as bleeding gums or mild pain but if left untreated, these symptoms can develop into such hazards as:

Damage to Adjacent Teeth: Wisdom teeth can push on the second molars, yielding infection or the requirement of orthodontia.
Gum Disease and Tooth Decay: Wisdom teeth are prone to infection and decay due to this area of the mouth being rendered difficult to clean; this causes food and bacterial to become trapped between the teeth and gums.
Development of Cysts: Wisdom teeth grow in a sac located within the jaw and when filled with fluid can develop an uncomfortable cyst that can damage nerves.

Unfortunately neglecting the issues above regarding issues you might be having with your wisdom teeth, my lead to more serious complications. As soon as you begin experiencing any of the warning signs outlined above, it is important to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bailey and address the issue head on.