It’s important for patients to be aware of the symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth so that they can consult with an oral surgeon about having those teeth removed when such symptoms develop.
The most notable symptom of impacted wisdom teeth is discomfort in the rear portion of the jaw. This occurs because the impacted wisdom teeth continue to attempt to erupt even though there is not enough room for them in the jaw. This creates pressure along the gum line and pain results.
Impacted wisdom teeth also have a greater risk of developing issues like cysts and tumors. Because it’s very difficult to clean thoroughly and properly in the vicinity by brushing and flossing alone, these teeth also are more likely to develop infections. Those infections can easily progress into abscesses, with the bacteria having the potential to access the bloodstream and spread throughout the body.
People with impacted wisdom teeth also may notice their teeth shifting out of their correct positions in order to make more room for the large third molars.
If you do notice signs that your wisdom teeth are impacted, you should consult with an oral surgeon about your treatment options. Impacted wisdom teeth must be removed surgically because the bone surrounding them must be removed before the teeth themselves can be extracted.
Many patients will consider wisdom teeth extraction even if they are asymptomatic, in order to reduce the risks that are associated with impacted wisdom teeth. Patients often choose to undergo this procedure before they reach their mid-twenties because the roots of the wisdom teeth are shorter in younger patients and more easily removed. Younger patients also recuperate more quickly.
If you are experiencing symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth, you should schedule an evaluation at our office as soon as possible. Even if you’re not having any problems with your wisdom teeth, you can still be assessed to determine whether they are impacted and if extraction is indicated in your case. Call our team at Northern Texas Facial & Oral Surgery today to schedule your visit.