Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Do you or someone you know have impacted wisdom teeth? In some cases, these impacted wisdom teeth produce no symptoms at all, while in others they can start causing issues such as:
- An unpleasant mouth taste near the area that has been affected
- Bad breath
- Jaw ache or headache
- Occasional difficulty in the opening of the mouth
- Occasionally swollen lymph nodes in the neck
- Swelling around the jaw
- Bleeding, swollen, tender, or red gums
Wisdom teeth don’t have an evolutionary purpose associated with them and in simple terms; humans do not need wisdom teeth. Around 85% of these teeth are removed eventually as a result of tooth crowding. Impacted wisdom teeth can often result in many dental issues like teeth misalignment, infection, or pain. They often remain trapped inside the gum.
Some of the impacted wisdom teeth do not necessarily have to be removed. However, the symptomatic cases mostly require a surgical extraction. A general or local anesthesia may be used in the process. We at D. Dental make sure that you are most comfortable during these kinds of surgeries.
After the surgery is completed, patients will be discharged home and given post operative instructions for measures and diets that will help them in managing the post surgical swelling and soreness that may experienced.
Some of the complications that could arise, although very unusual, include:
- Bone exposure or dry tooth socket
- Infection of gums and teeth as a result of trapped food or bacteria
- Nerve damage to the tongue, chin, or lower lip
- Sinus damage near the upper wisdom teeth
- Weakened lower jawbone
Risk Of Non-Removal
Wisdom tooth removal is far simpler in people under 30, since their bone is more flexible. Some of the impacted wisdom teeth do not require removal, if no dental problems are caused because of them. However, in certain situations, if these teeth are not removed, then certain complications can arise. These complications could include:
- Chronic discomfort of the mouth
- Development of a cyst around the tooth that may damage the adjacent teeth and gouge jawbone
- Infection of the gums or teeth
- Misalignment of the teeth
- Plaque caught between gums and teeth causing decay or bone loss
Wish to know more or get your wisdom teeth checked? Give us a call for an appointment today. Dr. Daniel will be more than happy to help you.