Wisdom teeth get their name because they emerge significantly later in life than other adult teeth. Unfortunately, by this point, there often isn’t enough room for them to erupt properly. This can result in a range of potential health problems if the wisdom teeth are not extracted.
This is one major reason that it’s important to schedule regular visits with your dentist. If he or she discovers that your wisdom teeth are impacted, you can be referred to an oral surgeon to have them removed. Heeding the advice of dental professionals and removing your impacted wisdom teeth sooner rather than later is very important for your long-term dental health.
That said, it’s also a good idea to pay attention to warning signs of a problem. If you are showing the signs of impacted wisdom teeth, you should schedule a dental cleaning as soon as possible, even if it has not yet been six months since your last appointment. You’ll avoid many potential complications if you act quickly.
Although you may not notice any symptoms at first, if you do experience any of the following problems, get in touch with your dentist now so he or she can take a closer look.
Impacted wisdom teeth that aren’t erupting properly often cause inflammation of the gums. This can make them appear swollen and/or red. They might also start to bleed more easily after flossing or brushing.
It’s worth noting that this symptom isn’t always a sign of a wisdom tooth problem. However, it is always a sign that you should see your dentist as soon as you can. This symptom is also common among people with gum disease. Failure to address gum disease quickly can have negative side effects ranging from bad breath to loss of teeth.
Impacted wisdom teeth tend to cause jaw pain. Additionally, some patients notice swelling in the area of the jaw. Certain people find the discomfort is so great that they actually have difficulty fully opening their mouths. If you’ve noticed any jaw pain recently, even if it’s minor, contact your dentist to learn whether impacted wisdom teeth are responsible.
Not all signs of wisdom teeth problems are obviously linked to your dental health. For instance, if you’ve been struggling with ongoing sinus pressure, you may not assume it has anything to do with new molars erupting.
However, wisdom teeth can absolutely contribute to sinus pressure. That’s because they sometimes erupt at an angle when the other adult teeth don’t provide enough space for them. Sometimes that angle exerts force on the sinuses.
You should definitely explore all potential sources of the problem by coordinating with your physician as well. However, keep in mind that your dentist may be the person most likely to identify the cause of this particular issue.
People develop bad breath because of the presence of bacteria in the mouth. When you eat, some of the food gets left behind on your teeth. This can attract bacteria that attack your dental tissues. That’s why it’s important to brush and floss your teeth regularly. Doing so helps to clean away the leftover food before it attracts bacteria.
Unfortunately, when wisdom teeth are impacted, they can become very difficult to clean. This results in more bacteria developing in your mouth. One of the earliest signs of a problem is bad breath.
Tooth sensitivity is another warning sign. If bacteria begin eating away at your teeth, you may develop cavities. This can lead to pain when chewing, brushing, or when exposing your teeth to particularly hot/cold substances.
This is yet another reason it’s necessary to remove impacted wisdom teeth. They make it much more difficult to stay on top of oral hygiene. By removing them early, you’ll maintain fresh breath and avoid the need for additional dental care in the future. You’ll actually save money in the long run because you won’t need to undergo extra procedures to address the negative long-term effects of impacted wisdom teeth.
An Unpleasant Taste
You should also know that an unpleasant taste in the mouth may also be a symptom of wisdom teeth impaction. After all, it can often be difficult to know how your own breath smells, and other people in your life may be reluctant to bring the topic up if they don’t want to hurt your feelings. Don’t ignore this symptom if you experience it.
Combine Routine Dental Visits with Self-Monitoring
Luckily, if you see your dentist regularly and schedule an extraction with an oral surgeon as soon as a problem is identified, you can avoid many of the consequences associated with impacted wisdom teeth. Schedule dentist appointments every six months, but also make a point of monitoring yourself for these key warning signs.