Wisdom teeth usually grow in between the ages of 17 and 25 – and in some cases, they emerge without any complications. But in many cases, there is not enough room in the mouth so they become impacted. When a wisdom tooth is impacted, it usually needs to be removed. Even if you do not experience any painful symptoms, an impacted wisdom tooth can cause serious oral health problems:
– Damage to other teeth: If the wisdom tooth is pressing against your other molars, it can cause damage to the existing tooth. It can also push other teeth into a more crowded position that may require orthodontic treatment.
– Infection and gum disease: It’s difficult yo clean impacted partially erupted wisdom teeth, so the risk of developing an infection or a painful gum condition known as pericoronitis is dramatically increased
– Decay: Partially impacted wisdom teeth are at a higher risk of tooth decay (caries) than other teeth, largely because food and bacteria are easily trapped between the gum and the partially erupted tooth.
– Cysts: Wisdom teeth develop in a sac in the jawbone. The sac can fill with fluid, forming a cyst that can damage the jawbone, teeth, and nerves. In some cases, a tumor will develop. Although usually benign (noncancerous), removal of tissue and bone is required to treat this complication.
If you know you have impacted wisdom teeth, or if you experience painful symptoms such as tender gums, jaw pain, or persistent bad breath, schedule an appointment as soon as possible to ensure your impacted wisdom teeth don’t cause long-term oral health issues. Call us today!