Somewhere between the ages of 18-24 your wisdom teeth begin to erupt. Depending on how these teeth come in will depend if they need to be removed. It’s not necessary for you to get your wisdom teeth removed if they are correctly positioned in your mouth and do not cause any pain or dental problems. However, 85 percent of adults have their wisdom teeth removed to protect their over all oral health. Unfortunately, the eruption of wisdom teeth can be a painful experience that disrupts your daily life.
Common Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Swollen gums that are tender and bleeding
An impacted wisdom tooth can make your gums swollen and tender to the touch. They may even start to bleed. This can make brushing and flossing feel like an impossible task. As other dental issues can create the same symptoms, it is important to make an appointment with your dentist to have the situation evaluated.
Many times swollen glands accompany impacted wisdom teeth. Most times these glands are located in your shoulders and neck area.
Pain in the back of the mouth
An impacted tooth or teeth can cause you an immense amount of pain. As the tooth or teeth that are impacted continue to try and erupt, your pain and symptoms can become worse. The pain should be at its worse towards the back of the mouth but could in fact radiate down your jaw. The best way to diagnose a suspected emerging wisdom tooth is to visit your dentist.
Swelling around jaw
With swelling of your gums, many times impacted wisdom teeth can cause your jaw to swell. As the symptoms progress, your mouth may become difficult to open.
What happens if you ignore the problem?
I highly recommend that you do not ignore the problem. When impacted wisdom teeth are not removed, there could be complications. Impacted teeth can force other teeth out of place. They also can cause infection. Impacted wisdom teeth are prone to infection and decay so left untreated you could be looking at a serious problem down the line.