Wisdom teeth get their name because they are the last teeth to come in. They usually come in when a person is in their late teens to early twenties. An impacted wisdom tooth can lead to serious complications, including cysts or infection. Impacted wisdom teeth can occur to any person who still has their wisdom teeth intact, but can become riskier as a person gets older. Taking care of impacted wisdom teeth early on is extremely important and knowing the early warning signs can help you avoid bigger problems later on.
Wisdom teeth are in a tricky position in the mouth and can be hard to reach with your toothbrush and floss, which means they are often not being properly cleaned. This allows food and debris to accumulate on and between teeth, promoting bacteria growth. This can cause many problems for the neighboring teeth and other areas in the mouth.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth Warning Signs:
1.) Pain & Swelling
2.) Bleeding Gums
3.) Bad Taste/ Bad Breath
Jaw pain can be a sign of a variety of dental problems but is especially true for impacted wisdom teeth. When a wisdom tooth is coming in and there isn’t enough room for it to erupt, impaction can occur. When this happens, you may feel an intense pain that can start in the jaw, and spread to the skull and result in agonizing headaches. The pain can increase when chewing food. The pain may also be concentrated toward the back of the mouth, where the wisdom teeth arise. The jaw pain from impacted wisdom teeth can also lead to swelling in the jaw area which can extend from the chin to the bottom of the ear. If you notice swelling in the jaw area, that is a definite sign you need to see your dentist.
Sore or bleeding gums are another sign of impacted wisdom teeth. Irritated, swollen gums are typically pink, red, blue or purple in color and can bleed when brushing or flossing. Tenderness and swollen gums would be visible when looking inside the mouth. They can bleed easily whenever pressure is applied to the teeth which makes it hard to brush and floss.
Bad Taste/ Bad Breath
Bad breath does not just occur from not brushing your teeth. This can be a sign of many different oral health issues including impacted wisdom teeth. If you notice bad breath, you will want to get this checked out by the dentist right away before the condition worsens.
It is imperative to schedule a visit with your trusted dentist as soon as you begin experiencing any of the warning signs outlined above. Failing to face wisdom teeth problems head-on can lead to infection, cysts and even in some cases, tumors. Regardless, even if your wisdom teeth aren’t impacted, any of these can be signs of other oral health issues which need to be treated by a dentist so it is a good idea to make an appointment at Sofferdentistry as soon as possible.