One of the most painful oral health complications is impacted wisdom teeth. However, once you understand the signs of this specific condition you may be able to receive adequate and proper dental care before it worsens the situation. Even when you go in for a regular dental checkup and have an x-ray taken, your dentist can recommend wisdom teeth removal much earlier, especially if pain occurs.
The following are the warning signs of impacted wisdom teeth:
- Severe tooth pain
- Bad breath
- Headaches & migraines
- Bleeding gums
- Swelling in the gums or around the jaw
What Happens If You Don’t Remove Your Wisdom Teeth?
If your wisdom tooth become impacted it can cause crowding in your mouth, promoting improper development of the adjacent teeth. This can also lead to more severe cases such as an infection in the surrounding areas due to gum pressures. However, regardless of how much impaction has occurred, moderate pain and common symptoms will most likely subside.
If left untreated, the following symptoms can develop into these types of hazards:
- Tooth damage – Impacted wisdom teeth can push on the second molars, resulting in infection.
- Tooth decay or gum disease – Due to being vulnerable to infection, impacted wisdom teeth can be difficult to clean, causing bacteria to develop between the teeth and gums
- Cyst development – Since wisdom teeth grow in a sac that is found within the jaw when the sac is filled with fluid, a painful cyst can develop which can cause nerve damage.
If you are experiencing any one of these symptoms, contact us online and schedule your appointment today.