Diagram showing impacted wisdom teeth

Making regular trips to the dentist for cleanings and check-ups is a smart idea; for your oral health and to determine if there any lingering issues going on with your teeth. A common issue for individuals entering their teenage years and early adolescence will be the growth of their wisdom teeth. Most cases, a dentist will be able to determine the severity of your wisdom teeth’s growth and make an educated recommendation when you should have them removed; however, if you haven’t been to a dentist lately, here are a few signs that you may have impacted wisdom teeth:

 

Consistent Aches & Internal Infections

Perhaps the most obvious sign there may be an issue involving your intact wisdom teeth is that your mouth seems to be perpetually in pain. Your wisdom teeth are generally the last teeth to fully develop, long after all your other have comfortably situated themselves in your mouth. As the wisdom teeth mature, they will force themselves into your mouth and can often lead to internal infections. When the teeth have nowhere else to grow, they will force their way into your mouth, and the pain usually gets more powerful. When you eat, food can get stuck in the crevices of the impacted tooth which makes it hard to brush correctly and can lead to mouth infections. If you feel lingering pain or if you are the victim of a mouth infection see your dentist today.

 

Tight Jaw and Cysts

Another sign that you may need your wisdom teeth extracted could be that your jaws feel tight and that your gums are red and inflamed. As your wisdom teeth begin to grow in, you may have trouble completely opening your mouth. The other major consequence of ignoring the growth of your wisdom teeth is that it leaves you susceptible to cyst formation which can be infectious. A cyst is a sac of fluid that grows near an area inside your body that is being stressed and will infect the surrounding area. These cysts can be very painful and in rare instances have been known to lead to bone destruction.

 

Difficulty Eating

One of the most significant downsides to ignoring signs of erupting wisdom teeth is that you may have trouble closing your mouth firmly without tension or sharp pains. This makes it very difficult to eat solid foods.  You may also notice that your teeth will be much more sensitive, especially when drinking cold water or eating ice cream, which can add to the unpleasant feeling.

Wisdom teeth extractions are a common procedure that over 90% of the population eventually will have done. If you are experiencing any of them, you may have impacted wisdom teeth that need to be removed. At Agape Dental Clinic Millwood’s, we can diagnose your current condition and offer you solutions, including wisdom teeth extraction so that you can live your life pain-free. We care deeply about your dental health and you should too! Contact Agape Dental Clinic today!