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Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last set of teeth to develop. Sometimes there isn’t enough room in the jaw for them to emerge properly, leading to what is known as impacted wisdom teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause various problems, including pain, infection, and damage to adjacent teeth. 

Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth 

Impacted wisdom teeth may cause 

  • pain or swelling around the jaw; 
  • red or swollen gums; 
  • bleeding gums; 
  • difficulty opening your mouth; and/or 
  • a bad taste in your mouth or bad breath. 

Causes of Impacted Wisdom Teeth 

Wisdom teeth become impacted when there is not enough space in the dental arch for the tooth to emerge or grow properly. Other times, the teeth may angle incorrectly and press against neighboring teeth. 

Wisdom Teeth FAQs 

Q: How do I know if I have impacted wisdom teeth?  

A: The most definitive way to identify impacted wisdom teeth is through dental X-rays, which can show the position of the wisdom teeth in relation to the jaw and other teeth. Symptoms such as pain and swelling can also indicate impaction. 

Q: What are the risks of removing impacted wisdom teeth?  

A: As with any surgery, there are risks, including infection, bleeding, and, rarely, damage to nearby nerves. However, the procedure is common, and complications are relatively rare. Your dentist or oral surgeon will discuss the risks with you. 

Q: How long is the recovery after wisdom teeth removal?  

A: Recovery varies by individual but typically involves a few days of rest and limited activity. Pain and swelling can be managed with medications prescribed by your dentist or surgeon. Most people return to normal activities within a week. 

Q: Can impacted wisdom teeth cause problems if left untreated?  

A: Yes, impacted wisdom teeth can lead to serious complications, including infection, damage to adjacent teeth, and the development of cysts. Regular check-ups can help monitor the condition and determine if treatment is necessary. 

Impacted wisdom teeth are a common dental issue that can lead to discomfort and other dental problems. Regular dental checkups are important for early detection and management. If you experience symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth, consult with Concierge Dental for the best course of action. 

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