Usually, the final set of molars appears when you are between 17 and 25 years old. This final set of molars is termed as wisdom teeth. These teeth appear in the furthest back in an individual’s mouth and also called as the third molars. Normally, a person has four wisdom teeth, but they can be fewer or none at all.
Generally, in a person’s mouth there is not enough space for the wisdom teeth. They cannot come in at all or they can be misaligned, thus removal of these teeth is normally required. If these molars are angled incorrectly or positioned improperly, they can cause other teeth to squeeze out of place or damage them. They can also damage the nerves or jaw bone. By passing nearby teeth, there can be huge risk of decay and great chances of plaque development.
When your wisdom teeth start to appear, it can be painful, but the condition can be more miserable if your wisdom teeth become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth condition can be described as the condition, when the teeth don’t erupt completely, however are present and trapped in the soft tissues under the jawbone or gums. This usually happens when there is not enough room for them to erupt. If they are not removed, abbesses and infection can happen, as well as stiffness, swelling and pain in the jaw and general illness and malaise.
While you may not notice any actual signs of the erupting wisdom teeth when they are impacted, it can still be hurtful. Some of the signs of impacted wisdom teeth are mentioned here:
Chewing problems: Issues with chewing usually show impacted wisdom teeth. If you are having problem chewing your food and your mouth doesn’t open and close very easily then it is a sign that you have impacted teeth.
Changes in the mouth: When you have impacted wisdom teeth, you may see some changes in your mouth like swelling in the jaw, reddish gums, bad breath, bleeding gums etc.
Jaw pain: If you experience pain in the back of your jaw, then it is a clear sign of impacted wisdom teeth. The pain is usually felt in the area around your gums.
Headaches: If all of a sudden you start having headaches, and you also experience one of the mentioned issues, they it may show impacted wisdom teeth.
If your wisdom teeth are creating problems for you, then the best solution is to get them removed. Your problem and pain will become worse as your wisdom teeth become more impacted.
At Smiles Dental Group, our dentists can review the details of wisdom teeth removal with you and help you understand if this is the best solution for your problem.