Between the approximate ages of 17 and 25, young adults will find a third set of molars growing behind their teeth. These are called wisdom teeth. While some fortunate people don’t have any issue with these, others run out of room in their mouths. This lack of space forces the wisdom tooth to turn sideways and grow into their fully grown set, also known as being impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause a variety of problems that may require oral surgery in Greensville SC.
4 Signs You May Have Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Pain in the Back of your Jaw
An impacted wisdom tooth may be pressing against your back molars. If your jaw doesn’t have enough space for the tooth to grow, you are now experiencing the tooth being wedged between the back of your jaw and your molars. Ouch, right? Furthermore, since wisdom tooth is only partially exposed, it is prone to tooth or gum infection. The irritated area may swell and cause pain to the back of your jaw.
Swollen, Red, or Bleeding Gums
Much like any other part of your body, when your gums become infected, they will also turn red and swell. In addition, your gums may become very sensitive and begin to bleed. If this condition is left untreated, the infection could spread to the neighboring teeth and cause further damage.
An impacted wisdom tooth can partially grow out of your gums before it gets stopped by your neighboring teeth. Because they are half-exposed, bacteria have a higher risk of getting stuck and forgotten. This bacteria can lead to infection and ultimately give you some bad breath.
Stiffness in the Jaw Area
Don’t be surprised if your jaw becomes stiff and opening your mouth becomes progressively more difficult. Typically, this means your neighboring teeth are shifting and irritating your gums and jaw.
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If you think you may have wisdom teeth coming in, or they may be impacted, don’t wait! Contact Pelham Links Family and Cosmetic Dentistry to schedule an appointment.