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Impacted Wisdom Teeth


Illustration of an impacted wisdom toothSimilar to other parts of your body, your mouth also goes through many changes in your lifetime. You hit the first milestone when you start teething. Teething ends, and it marks your second milestone. Then you grow up and lose your baby teeth, literally the most celebrated milestone. Then, as a teenager, you hit your fourth milestone by getting wisdom teeth.

Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to develop in your mouth between the ages of 17 and 21. Some people might not even notice that their wisdom teeth are coming in, while some might feel discomfort and excruciating pain; it all depends on how they develop. You are safe when they come through correctly – except for a little discomfort that you might feel. However, if they don't develop normally, you most probably will have to get them extracted.

What are Impacted Wisdom Teeth?


A wisdom tooth is considered impacted when it doesn't have enough room to grow and gets stuck under your gums. When a wisdom tooth breaks through the gums and can be seen slightly, it is considered a partially impacted wisdom tooth. A partially impacted wisdom tooth makes cleaning the tooth difficult. When a wisdom tooth comes out at the wrong angle, it causes damage to the nearby teeth.

Every year, 10 million wisdom teeth are removed and the most common reason is impaction.

Do I Need to Get My Wisdom Teeth Removed?


If your wisdom teeth are impacted, thereby causing damage to other teeth and preventing adequate oral hygiene, it is best to get them extracted. Wisdom teeth are usually removed when they cause a problem. If your impacted teeth are not causing any issues, the dentist will probably suggest leaving them alone.

Signs That Your Wisdom Teeth Should Get Removed


Wisdom teeth can cause discomfort and shift and impact the alignment of your teeth and jaw. Here are the signs that will tell you that it's time to get your wisdom teeth extracted:

Tender and Inflamed Gums


When your wisdom teeth emerge, they affect your gums as well. Your gums might turn red, swell, and cause bleeding. Your gums might feel sore to touch and make it challenging and painful to clean them properly when brushing.

Jaw Stiffness


When wisdom teeth have no room to grow, they put pressure on your nearby teeth and make them move, resulting in jaw stiffness. You might also feel limitations with opening and moving your mouth, which makes it difficult for you to chew.

A Few More Signs


•  Impacted wisdom teeth can cause mild to severe headaches
•  Impacted wisdom teeth can cause cysts and benign jaw tumors
•  They can cause an overcrowded feeling in your mouth
•  They cause bad breath and a constant bad taste in the mouth

Get Your Impacted Wisdom Teeth Removed, Today!


According to the American Dental Association, wisdom teeth removal may be necessary if you experience discomfort, pain, jaw stiffness, swollen gums, or cysts.

Schedule an appointment with us or learn more, contact Summit Dental Group to get your impacted wisdom teeth removed and enjoy your favorite foods again!
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