Dental Health: Warning Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

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Impacted wisdom teeth are the third molars in the back of the mouth that don't typically have the room to develop normally. Typically, these teeth are removed before any problems arise, however sometimes the following dental problems will occur that can signify impacted wisdom teeth.

  • Jaw Pain. Pain that goes through the jaw and into the skull, often causing terrible headaches shouldn't be ignored. Chewing will make the pain more intense.
  • Swelling. Swelling around the jaw is a sign that something is definitely wrong with a tooth, and can also signify a serious impaction. The tooth may be causing an infection in the surrounding nerves or teeth.
  • Sore or Bleeding Gums. Especially without much provocation, gums that bleed are a sign that something is wrong with the teeth, and tenderness and swelling of the gums in the back of the mouth often point to the wisdom teeth.
  • Bad Taste. Tooth decay leads to bad tastes and smells in the mouth. Their breath may be so bad that it's noticed by other people. This happens because food and bacteria become stuck in between the gums and the tooth, making it difficult to clean.
  • Shooting Pain. Pain that shoots to the back of the mouth or through to other teeth should definitely be a sign to get your teeth looked at.
  • Difficulty Opening Mouth. Your jaw may become so stiff that you have difficulty opening and shutting your mouth.

Impacted wisdom teeth can cause irreversible damage to nerves and adjacent teeth, so take these warning signs very seriously. If you think you may have impacted wisdom teeth, contact us to schedule a visit to get checked out.