NewSmile Webster-What-Wednesday: What Are Impacted Wisdom Teeth?
Thanks again for visiting dentist in General Trias Cavite – NewSmile Dental Clinic blog. Welcome to the first edition of NS-www blog series -NewSmile Webster-What-Wednesday. A blog compilation of dental terms and dental patients frequently asked questions. A piece of dental related information in layman’s term. All about your precious teeth, your gums , anything inside your mouth.
Today we are going to discuss – Wisdom Tooth, and why we called it Impacted Wisdom Tooth, it’s Signs and Symptoms. Let’s define wisdom tooth. Why wisdom tooth? Google said: “Wisdom teeth, which begin forming around your tenth birthday, are the last set of molars on the tooth-development timeline, so they usually don’t erupt until you are between the ages of 17 and 25. Because this is the age that people are said to become wiser, the set of third molars has been nicknamed –wisdom teeth.”
And why we called it Impacted Tooth? Impacted wisdom teeth are when these teeth do not have the room they need to emerge or grow in the normal way. The wisdom teeth are the third molars in the back of the mouth and are the last teeth to come into the mouth, usually during late teens or early twenties. They are on both the top and bottom of the mouth. Impacted wisdom teeth sometimes have no uncomfortable symptoms and are simply noted through dental x rays, other times they present a variety of painful and unpleasant symptoms. Not all the wisdom teeth in the mouth will necessarily be impacted, sometimes only some are.
Images below will show you what is the common and worst position of an impacted wisdom tooth.
But how does someone know if they have impacted teeth? What are impacted wisdom teeth symptoms?
“Sometimes the impacted teeth can become infected or damage other teeth, and this will cause other symptoms. One of these is pain in the mouth. Sometimes the teeth will only partially erupt, but this allows bacteria to come in and get into the tooth which can cause an infection leading to pain, from mild to very severe, and also cause swelling around the mouth and an overall feeling of illness.
Another symptom is bad breath. Often a partially erupted wisdom tooth gets the aforementioned pain causing decay, and this same decay leads to bad breath. Because of the debris and bacteria they hold, bad breath becomes another side effect. An unpleasant taste in the mouth is another sign of impacted teeth, especially when biting down around the specific area; this is caused by drainage of the infection.
Impacted wisdom teeth also cause swollen or red gums around the tooth, and gums that bleed. The swelling can be due to an internal infection which causes swelling and tightening of the gums as the infection swells and drains. Again this can cause discomfort as well as problems maintaining good dental hygiene if brushing and flossing becomes difficult due to the pain and/or bleeding.
Headaches and jaw aches are other common symptoms of impacted teeth. This is usually from an infection of the pressure the impacted tooth is having on the nearby teeth. An infection can also occasionally lead to swollen lymph nodes on the neck.
Again, not all impacted teeth manifest with these symptoms. Some people will have no symptoms, and others will have a few but not all. Of course, if symptoms are noted, a dental professional should be seen to determine a health plan. Usually the teeth causing you problems will be removed, and sometimes symptomless impacted ones will be extracted as well so no future problems do occur.”
Thanks for reading. If in case you are suffering from an impacted tooth, you can visit our dentist in General Trias Cavite – NewSmile Dental Clinic. We are offering free dental check-up. Just give us a call or text and book an appointment: 0929-718-8940 (Smart) | (046) 437-1651 (PLDT) | 0923-195-0901 (Sun)