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What Leaving Impacted Wisdom Teeth Can Do to Your Oral Health

Posted on 5/10/2021 by Alan Snodgrass
What Leaving Impacted Wisdom Teeth Can Do to Your Oral HealthThe wisdom teeth are the last teeth to come in and usually appear between the ages of 17 and 25 years of age. If the teeth do not emerge, they are defined as impacted.

Why Impacted Wisdom Teeth Can Cause Problems

Whether wisdom teeth are impacted or present, they can cause dental problems during an adult patient's life. These problems may include crowding of the other teeth, difficulties with cleaning, and issues with pain. Therefore, it is better to have the teeth removed to ensure optimum dental health. If your wisdom teeth are impacted, you may experience tender or bleeding gums, swelling around the jaw, bad breath, or an unpleasant taste in the mouth. Some patients may have difficulties with opening their mouths. If you are currently experiencing these symptoms, you should call us to schedule an appointment. A wisdom tooth or third molar becomes impacted when it does not have sufficient space to come in and develop normally.

Complications Associated with Impacted Wisdom Teeth

If an impacted wisdom tooth ends up pushing against the second molar, it may damage the second molar or cause an infection. This type of pressure can also lead to crowding, which, in turn, may require orthodontic treatments. Because a wisdom tooth develops inside a sac in the jawbone, a cyst may develop that could damage the jawbone and adjacent teeth and nerves. This type of development can lead to the removal of bone and tissue. If a wisdom tooth is partially impacted, it has a higher risk of tooth decay because of its location. Wisdom teeth—impacted or not—are usually more difficult to keep clean. This can also lead to problems with gum disease. As you can see, you can run into several dental problems when you have impacted wisdom teeth. Therefore, it is better to remove them early before they cause you further dental pain and oral health complaints.

If you have impacted wisdom teeth, contact us to find out more about removing them. Again, to ensure better dental health, it is best to remove the third molars. Call us now to schedule an appointment for a complete exam and dental consultation.

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