Wisdom teeth are the last adult teeth to come through and usually don’t affect the other teeth. For most patients, the wisdom teeth start to emerge around the ages of 17 and 25 years. However, due to the reduction of space, they can impact other teeth. When this occurs, it prevents the wisdom teeth from being able to come through. It is often referred to as impacted wisdom teeth.
Wisdom Teeth Symptoms
- Pain – Pain from a wisdom tooth can occur in different ways. This can include an infection occurring around the tooth or can occur as result of pressure coming from the wisdom tooth and then impacting the teeth beside it.
- Bad Breath – Once the wisdom tooth starts to slowly come through the gums, it can often be hard to keep clean. This makes it easy for bacteria to grow and form as the result of food debris getting stuck within the gums. As a result of this, it can create a bad odour as well as leaving a foul taste in the mouth.
- Swelling of gums – Usually one of the first signs of impacted wisdom teeth is the swelling of the gums. They are usually very tender to touch and can often bleed when brushing and flossing.
- Difficulty when opening mouth – When the wisdom teeth and surrounding gums get infected, this can result in difficulty opening your mouth.
- Cysts forming – Cysts, which are small packets of fluids, can start to form around the area of the wisdom tooth. Not only can a cyst destroy bone, but it can also cause damage to the gums and other teeth.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth Removal
Here at All About Teeth, we have made sure that the removal of impacted wisdom teeth is a comfortable and easy procedure.
The process of removing wisdom teeth involves 3 steps:
- Before undergoing the removal procedure, an injection of local anesthetic will be given to numb the tooth as well as the surrounding areas.
- A small cut is made to the gum, if the tooth hasn’t gone through the gum line.
- Some pushing and pressure may be noticed as the dentist removes the tooth.
lthough each patient’s procedure is different, it can take anywhere from around a few minutes all the way up to an hour.
Some patients may require or choose to see the specialists for removal under General Anesthetic.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth – All About Teeth
If you are noticing pain or inflamed gums from around your third molars, it is recommended that you contact us and scheduled an appointment with one of our experienced team members before the wisdom teeth start to cause damage to other teeth or the jaw.