Not all cases of wisdom teeth are unhealthy for the mouth. For some people, wisdom teeth are functional and problem-free; however, for others, the teeth can contribute to serious dental issues. If the wisdom teeth comprising the third set of molars located at the back of your mouth are fully or partially impacted, you may experience dental health issues sooner or later. With that in mind, what are the warning signs to indicate that you need to have your wisdom teeth extracted?
Your are Experiencing Pain
Impaction is likely to cause a considerable amount of pain among the wisdom teeth. Also, issues with the wisdom teeth can cause inflammation and tenderness in other areas or across an entire side of the face. A patient may start experiencing discomfort in their temporomandibular joint, a joint connecting the bottom jaw to the rest of the skull. If the wisdom teeth are pressing against the other teeth, you may have aches and soreness. If they are decayed or damaged, you may experience sharp, stabbing pain or even dental sensitivity.
As your wisdom teeth erupt from the gum line, you may have swollen gums and an increased risk of gum bleeding. The jaw and glands in the neck or shoulders may also swell. Moreover, upper wisdom teeth that are struggling to erupt could put pressure on the sinuses, contributing to congestion that resembles a sinus infection.
You Have Bad Breath
Partially impacted wisdom teeth may prove challenging to keep them clean. These teeth will accumulate food debris and bacteria in the chewing surfaces and the gums. You may develop gum disease and bad breath, or even a bad taste in your mouth.
It is essential you schedule regular checkups with our dentist to monitor your wisdom teeth. This way, our dental team is able to catch any problems in advance before they cause more trouble. If you have any warning signs of issues with the wisdom teeth, come to our dental office immediately, even if your next check-up visit is not due. Our oral & maxillofacial dental team evaluates the teeth to see if they need to be pulled out.
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