Your wisdom teeth are the last four teeth to move into place. Often, these
teeth fully develop between the ages of 17 and 25. When there is space
for them, many patients and dentists make the choice to leave them in
place. If there isn’t enough space in the jaw for these new teeth,
there can be a number of complications. Wisdom teeth can twist, turn,
and move other teeth out of alignment, leading to the need for serious
dental work to fix the damage. When a wisdom tooth cannot fully emerge,
it is known as being impacted.
One type of impaction is bony impaction, which occurs when your wisdom
tooth does not move out of the jaw, or remains partially in the jaw. Partial
bony impaction isn’t an uncommon form of impaction, and occurs when
the tooth is migrating out of the jaw.
Soft Tissue Impaction
If the tooth has erupted from the jaw bone, but is still covered by the
gum, it is known as soft tissue impaction. This is another common form
of impaction, and is responsible for many of the symptoms of impacted
Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth
It is entirely possible that your wisdom teeth may be impacted, without
showing any signs of trouble. Because impaction can happen as the tooth
is moving into place naturally, many of the signs of trouble actually
are cause by a more significant issue, such as an oral infection. If you
notice any of the below symptoms, be sure to consult your dentist to rule
out more serious oral health concerns.
Symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth include:
- Gum or tooth pain
- Swelling around the jaw or gums
- Bleeding gums
- Tenderness around the jaw
- Bad breath
- Swollen lymph nodes
Your dentist will most likely use x-rays to monitor the development of
your wisdom teeth and decide if you will need to have them removed, long
before you see any of the signs of impaction. However, if you do experience
any of these symptoms, make an appointment with your dentist to have your
mouth checked. Doing so can catch major problems before they grow worse
and greatly affect your health.
In many cases, you dentist will recommend removal surgery to prevent your
wisdom teeth from disrupting the rest of your mouth. Wisdom tooth extraction
can help relieve the symptoms of impaction and leave the rest of your
teeth safely aligned and in place. If you are concerned that your wisdom
teeth are developing, schedule a check-up to review your treatment options.
At Austell Dental Associates, our team is committed to happy, healthy smiles
for the whole family. We offer preventative care, dental care, and cosmetic
procedures to keep your smile bright. Whether you’re the parent
of a growing teen or a young adult seeking care for your wisdom teeth,
our Austell dentists can help you find the best treatment options for you.
Schedule an appointment with our team by calling (770) 467-3888.