SIGNS YOU MIGHT HAVE IMPACTED WISDOM TEETH

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With the recent advances in dentistry, it is uncommon for symptoms of wisdom teeth to appear before the teeth are removed. Dentists, more often than not, will recommend they be removed before they cause a problem. However, that’s not always the case, and you can experience symptoms as a result of your wisdom teeth.

Pain is often an indicator of oral health concerns. Mouth or tooth pain should never be ignored because it can lead to worse or permanent damage if left untreated. Pain related to your wisdom teeth usually occurs in the back of the mouth or behind the molars. Most often wisdom tooth pain is a result of the teeth being aligned incorrectly or sideways, which causes them to crowd surrounding teeth and press on sensitive nerves and bone.

Red or swollen gums in the area could be an indicator of infection. As wisdom teeth start to come through the surface, bacteria can enter the open tissue. Oral infections have been shown to affect overall health and should be treated promptly. Other signs of infection include bad breath or an unpleasant taste in your mouth.

If our jawbone or teeth block your wisdom teeth from breaking through the surface, your wisdom teeth are said to be impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause severe jaw pain and difficulty opening your mouth. In addition to causing bleeding, redness, and swelling in the area, they can lead to cysts and, in rare cases, tumors.

The most common treatment for wisdom teeth symptoms is to extract the teeth. This can be done at a dentist’s office or by an oral surgeon. The condition of the teeth, whether they have broken through the surface, and their angle will determine the appropriate method for extraction. Your dentist will explain the options available to you and can offer medication and anesthesia for pain relief. It’s important to follow all care instructions after any oral surgery.

If you are experiencing mouth pain, please don’t delay getting treatment. It’s likely to worsen over time and can cause permanent damage. If you have any questions regarding wisdom teeth or mouth pain please contact us right away at (248) 577-1300.

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