Wisdom teeth, which are the molars in the very back of your mouth, typically erupt through the gums somewhere between 17 and 21 years of age. These are the last of your teeth to emerge, but often there’s not enough room to accommodate them, causing them to become impacted. Your wisdom teeth may end up displaced, misaligned or crowding other teeth as they attempt to come in.
Wisdom Teeth Impaction Is Rare
Due to better oral health care availability, dentists are more likely to note the likelihood of wisdom teeth impaction before it occurs. Preventative surgery is often recommended to remove your wisdom teeth before they become a painful problem later on.
Symptoms Of Wisdom Teeth Trouble
When wisdom teeth become impacted, it’s important to seek help from your dentist. Untreated, it can lead to an infection known as pericoronitis, which can spread to the throat, potentially requiring surgery and hospitalization. Impacted wisdom teeth can alter your bite and in some rare cases cause cysts that affect your jaw growth.
To ensure your best oral health, immediately notify your dentist of any persistent symptoms that may indicate a problem with your wisdom teeth, such as:
Your Dentist Can Help
The best way to prevent suffering from impacted wisdom teeth is by visiting your dentist every 6 months for a thorough oral exam and routine x-rays. If you’re already experiencing symptoms of wisdom teeth trouble, call your dentist right away for immediate care to restore your dental health and wellbeing.
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