Warning signs of impacted wisdom teeth

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Impacted Wisdom tooth


When adults complain of problems with their wisdom teeth it’s likely that the tooth has become impacted.

When teeth become impacted it can cause some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Pain and tenderness close to the gums in the back of the mouth
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Redness over the area where the tooth surfaces
  • Headaches
  • Swelling around the jaw
  • Bad taste in the mouth
  • Swollen, tender, red, or bleeding gums
  • Bad breath

Wisdom teeth are located in the back of the mouth; there are four, one on the top and bottom levels, on each side of the mouth. The arrival of wisdom teeth usually starts to form in your early teens, although it isn’t uncommon for them to appear later into your twenties. By your mid-twenties, wisdom teethshould either be fully erupted or become impacted.

Removing your wisdom teeth

Surgical techniques and sedative medication makes tooth extraction more comfortable and efficient. When your dentist decides that the tooth or teeth have become impacted, they will need to be removed. Removing the tooth before the roots are fully formed is better for the patient as earlier removal makes the procedure easier and promotes faster healing afterwards. The extraction can be done at any age, when the tooth starts to play up and becomes too painful for the patient to bare or signs of complications start showing. By your early forties, the wisdom tooth roots should have become fully attached to the jawbone and if extraction is required, it can be harder to remove and will need more time to heal.

To make sure that your wisdom teeth are not causing discomfort, regular dental check-ups are essential to ensuring good oral health and can save you, and your teeth future distress.If you are experiencing any pain or issues with your wisdom teeth call us at PaulLowe Dentistry on0121 711 2424.