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The Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the third and last molars on each side of the upper and lower jaws. They are also the final teeth to erupt; they usually appear when a person is in their late teens or early twenties.

Impacted wisdom teeth are third molars at the back of the mouth that don’t have enough room to emerge or develop normally. The impacted wisdom teeth can result in pain, damage to other teeth and other dental problems.

In some cases, impacted wisdom teeth may cause no apparent or immediate problems. But because they’re hard to clean, they may be more vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease than other teeth are.

Impacted wisdom teeth do not always show symptoms, which means you could have impacted teeth and do not even realize it. However, if the gum on top of your wisdom tooth becomes infected or swollen, you should visit your dentist for a thorough checkup. Other most common symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth include

  • Swollen and bleeding gums
  • Pain in wisdom teeth
  • Swelling around the jaw
  • Bad breath
  • Headache or jaw ache
  • Unpleasant taste when eating
  • Stiffness of the jaw
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck

Impacted wisdom teeth that are left untreated can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. You may also experience damage to your other teeth, including infection and overcrowding of teeth. In rare cases, impacted wisdom teeth can cause cysts and tumors.

Annual dental appointments and x-rays can catch impacted teeth early before they start to show symptoms. Your dentist will most likely recommend surgery to remove the impacted teeth.

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