Everything You Need to Know About Impacted Wisdom Teeth

There are some very important things to know about impacted wisdom teeth. If you want to learn more, you should click here.

Did you know that 10 million wisdom teeth get extracted each year?

Wisdom teeth are the last of the adult teeth to grow in, beginning to erupt during one’s teenage or adolescent years.

While most third molars are harmless, wisdom teeth have a funny way of doing their own thing and growing at unique angles. In these cases, wisdom teeth may become impacted affecting your smile and causing some serious pain.

Keep reading for a quick overview of impacted wisdom teeth, and find out if it might be time to get yours removed.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth Can Cause Your Teeth to Shift

Remember those years you spent wearing braces? Well, if you’re dealing with impacted wisdom teeth, your smile could become crooked once more.

The trouble arises when wisdom teeth grow in diagonally or sideways. Not only does this make it difficult for the teeth in question to fully erupt, but they may push up against your other molars.

This can cause crowding, as it creates a domino effect of sorts. Your wisdom tooth pushes against your molar, which in turn pushes against other teeth.

Needless to say, it’s painful, unsightly, and can undo a whole lot of orthodontic work.

They Hurt as Bad as They Look

It’s quite common to experience some pain as your wisdom teeth begin to erupt. Often, this pain can last for as little as a few days or as much as a few weeks.

However, impacted wisdom teeth are in a category of their own. Expect to experience some of the following symptoms:

  • Gum swelling
  • Oral soreness
  • Facial swelling on one or both sides
  • Difficulty brushing
  • Difficulty eating
  • Bleeding

In short, an impacted wisdom tooth coming in can really throw a monkey wrench into your life.

To make matters worse, this pain is often recurring. While pain may subside temporarily, you can expect your wisdom tooth troubles to return in a few months if you don’t have them taken out.

Leaving Them in Could Pose Risks

The mouth is a delicate ecosystem full of helpful (and harmful) bacteria. The eruption of wisdom teeth can upset that balance, leaving your mouth vulnerable to infections.

Remember, an erupting tooth has to come up through the gums. As such, it takes time for your sensitive gums to heal.

In the meantime, food particles, plaque, and other nasty bacteria can enter the wound causing a dangerous infection.

As if that wasn’t scary enough, note that dental infections can sometimes lead to heart disease if left untreated. This is why so many oral surgeons recommend extraction whenever possible.

Don’t Live with Pain: Schedule an Appointment Today

As you can see, impacted wisdom teeth can cause a whole myriad of issues ranging from facial swelling and difficulty eating to vascular infections. It’s best not to risk it.

If you’re in constant pain due to your wisdom teeth, or you’re just curious about the advantages of extraction, we can help. Get in touch today to schedule a consultation regarding wisdom teeth removal.

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