One of the most common oral surgery procedures our clients here at Joe Radakovich DMD go through is wisdom teeth removal. Wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars, grow in the back of our mouth, and they are the last adult teeth to erupt between the age of 17-25. Growing wisdom teeth is very common, but the problem begins when the wisdom teeth that are emerging are impacted.
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What Causes Impacted Wisdom Teeth?
Whether it is fully impacted wisdom teeth or partially impacted wisdom teeth, not enough room for the third molar to grow or develop normally is the principal cause behind impacted wisdom teeth. When the area is too crowded in which the wisdom tooth is supposed to come out, it gets trapped or, as we know it, impacted. This is what tends to cause pain or swelling as the wisdom teeth are growing.
A wisdom tooth can develop in certain angles that may affect other teeth, your gums, your jawbone, and sometimes even your entire mouth. Sometimes, it grows in the direction of the next molar tooth, sometimes it grows towards the back of the mouth, and sometimes it never even makes it out of the jawbone. Whatever the case is, if it is not handled with care and advice from experts, it can cause complications.
What are the Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth?
The most common symptom of impacted wisdom teeth is pain and sensitivity. Pain can occur when chewing, yawning, or laughing, and it can vary between constant discomfort and occasional. Too much sensitivity to cold or hot drinks or foods is another symptom, and you will feel most of the sensitivity in the back of the mouth because that is where the wisdom teeth grow.
The second most common symptom is a misalignment of other teeth in your mouth. As we discussed before, this occurs when the wisdom tooth is developing in the direction of your second molars. It can cause other teeth in your mouth to feel out of place or loose. The impacted wisdom tooth can also cause infections in the gums due to loose teeth moving and developing pockets in the gumline.
Other symptoms may include jaw pain, swelling, inflammation in gums, immobility, and more.
Prevention and Treatment
There is no way to prevent your wisdom tooth from getting impacted or trapped. For some people, their wisdom teeth grow just fine, and for some, it can cause complications. The best way to deal with impacted wisdom teeth is to visit our office for consultation. This way we can identify and monitor these kinds of complications at an early stage and treat accordingly.
If you are experiencing pain near your wisdom teeth, or want to book a general checkup with Dr. Radakovich, please call us at (503) 455-4673 today.