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Are You Suffering From Impacted Wisdom Teeth?

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:

  • Bad Breath
  • A Bad Taste Lingering In Your Mouth
  • Difficulty Opening Your Mouth
  • Discomfort When Chewing, Biting or Speaking
  • Headache Or Jaw Pain
  • Swollen Gums Or Swelling In The Back Of Your Mouth
  • Oral Infection
  • Swollen Lymph Nodes Along The Neck

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.

Posted on behalf of:
Frederick Dental
805 S Broadway, Suite 210
Boulder, CO 80305
(303) 442-4846


Recovering From Your Wisdom Tooth Extraction

It might have sounded like a scary experience when you first learned you would need to have your wisdom teeth extracted! But now it’s all over. It wasn’t as bad as you thought. Now, however, you’re concerned with making your recovery as comfortable and brief as you can.

Immediately After the Procedure

Your mouth will still be numb, so be very careful when talking that you don’t accidentally bite your cheek or tongue. Those spots will hurt once the numbing drugs wear off! Keep biting down on gauze pads with gentle pressure and change them out as they become saturated. The bleeding should taper off throughout the rest of the day. Avoid lying down. Sitting upright or reclining slightly will keep your head above your chest and should help reduce bleeding. Keep applying ice to your cheeks to help bring down inflammation and reduce bleeding.

Over the Next Few Days

Get lots of rest! Too much physical activity can raise blood pressure and disrupt the clotting process so vital to your mouth’s healing. Rinse as often as needed with warm salt water to bring down pain and swelling. At this point, it is ok to use moist heat on your cheeks to relieve discomfort. Avoid smoking or using a straw because the suction of those activities can also disturb the clots. Stick to soft foods that don’t require any chewing. Maintain a routine of brushing and flossing your other teeth, but take care to not bother the surgical sites with your finger, tongue, or toothbrush.

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725


4 Signs that Your Wisdom Teeth Need to be Removed

How can you know whether or not you need to have your wisdom teeth taken out? Most people wait until their teeth start to hurt before they ask their dentist about it. Not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth taken out, but removing them before they cause problems can prevent discomfort and lengthy recovery times.

Here are 4 signs to look for:

Crowding of Your Anterior Teeth

As the 3rd molars start to form, they may begin to push into the back of the other teeth. This slight pressure pushes the teeth forward, which creates a chain reaction throughout the entire mouth. As teeth begin to shift forward, the very front teeth become crowded. 

Swelling Along the Back of the Jaw

If infection develops around the erupting wisdom tooth, this can create swelling in the back of the jaw. Cysts are fairly common, as well as infection due to food packing under the gums around the tooth. 

Off-and-On Pain

Wisdom tooth pain tends to come and go off and on as the teeth develop. It’s fairly common for the pain to be present one day but not the next. Eventually the pain may be closer together until it does not go away at all. 

Food Packing Behind the Back Teeth

When there isn’t enough room for the tooth to erupt completely, it will only erupt partially through the gums. Areas like this are difficult if not impossible to keep clean. As a result, food starts to pack under the gumlines, creating bad breath, infection and decay around the adjacent teeth.

A quick x-ray and exam is all that you need to find out if your wisdom teeth can stay or need to go. Call your dentist today!

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979


3 Signs You May Need Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

Not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth removed, but a lot of people do. Wisdom teeth may cause severe pain or be completely asymptomatic. Here are a few signs your dentist will look for when it comes to whether or not your wisdom teeth need to go or stay:

Partial Eruption

Sometimes a wisdom tooth will only erupt partially through the gum tissue. This creates an opening in the gums that allows food and bacteria to pack into. Since areas like this are nearly impossible to clean, they often become a source of chronic infection. Pain, swelling and tenderness may be your first sign that something is wrong. 

Decay on Erupted Wisdom Teeth

Because wisdom teeth are the 3rd set of molars to erupt, they are typically very difficult to keep clean. Even if they erupt completely straight into the mouth, some people find that wisdom teeth easily decay. Treating cavities on these teeth may not be a good investment, as tooth decay may simply reoccur a year or two later. 

Impaction Against Neighboring Teeth

If the wisdom tooth is wedged into the next tooth, this pressure could create irreversible damage to the otherwise healthy tooth. Sometimes the tooth will experience nerve damage, movement, or decay due to difficulty maintaining oral hygiene in that area. Shifting of teeth throughout the rest of the mouth is usually evident.

Your dentist will take a panoramic x-ray to evaluate the development of the wisdom teeth and how they relate to the other structures surrounding them. Don’t wait before it’s too late – if your dentist recommends having your wisdom teeth extracted, early care can prevent problems from affecting other teeth.

Posted on behalf of:
Family & Cosmetic Dental Care
2627 Peachtree Pkwy #440
Suwanee, GA 30024
(770) 888-3384


Do Wisdom Teeth Hurt the Rest of My Smile?

A lot of people come into the dental office asking whether or not their wisdom teeth are causing any problems for the rest of their smile. Unfortunately there is no straightforward response, because the answer can change from person to person. Many people enjoy fully erupted wisdom teeth that are easy to care for and never cause any problems whatsoever.

However, wisdom teeth can create problems for other teeth when they are:

Infected or Decayed

Even fully erupted wisdom teeth are difficult to keep healthy, simply due to their location in the mouth. This means they are also more likely to get cavities or gum disease around them. Unfortunately those cavities or bone loss don’t just impact the wisdom teeth – they almost always create problems for the tooth right next to it.

Partially Erupted

If a wisdom tooth is only partially erupted through the gums, bacteria and food can become lodged down underneath the gum tissue surrounding the tooth. As mentioned previously, this makes the area difficult to clean and infections around the tooth typically develop. 

ImpactedLet’s say that the wisdom tooth never erupts at all. Instead, it is impacted at an angle against the other tooth, preventing it from going anywhere. Although this may seem harmless, the pressure caused by the wisdom tooth could actually damage the neighboring healthy tooth. Some common side effects include bone loss, cavities or trauma to the nerve.

Your dentist can evaluate your wisdom teeth by taking a large panoramic image of your teeth and jaws. This simple x-ray makes it easy to see exactly what is going on in your smile. Most patients should have a panorex taken every 3-5 years.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642


3 Reasons Why You Should Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

“Do my wisdom teeth need to be taken out?” This is a question that almost every young adult or 20-something asks his or her dentist. Wisdom teeth are one of the most common teeth that need to be removed, and for a variety of reasons.

Teeth are only partially erupted

Wisdom teeth may only be able to come in part of the way, leaving an opening through the gumlines but only a small amount of the tooth actually erupted. This means that food and plaque debris can enter its way under the gumlines and cause severe infection around the wisdom tooth (as well as adjacent teeth.) 

The teeth are impacted against adjacent teeth

An impacted wisdom tooth places pressure against the adjacent teeth that they are slanted into. This can cause all of the teeth throughout the mouth to become impacted, or just damage to the tooth that is next to the wisdom tooth. Those teeth can suffer from bone loss, tooth resorption, infection, or decay. Many dentists will proactively remove wisdom teeth so as to prevent damage to the other teeth if there is evidence that the tooth is impacted. 

The wisdom teeth are in all the way, but are becoming diseased

It can be very difficult to keep wisdom teeth clean, even if they are in all of the way. Even perfectly straight wisdom teeth can be impossible to brush or floss around, due to the anatomy of the mouth and jaws. This can cause tooth decay and gum disease to develop, which is known to spread to the next tooth if left untreated.

Are you at risk for any of these conditions? Ask your dentist to check on the development of your wisdom teeth to find out!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mark Rowe, Rowe Family Dental Care



When Are Wisdom Teeth a Problem?

Young adults and parents of teens often wonder: “do my wisdom teeth need to be removed?” It’s a common question that dentists hear on a routine basis, and one that a lot of people feel they need to ask. Wisdom tooth removal seems like a rite of passage into adulthood for some, while other people never experience problems whatsoever.

Wisdom teeth may be taken out due to existing problems, or as a proactive measure to prevent complications. Here are a few reasons why your dentist may recommend wisdom tooth removal:

Impaction against other teeth

If wisdom teeth are impacted against the adjacent tooth, it can cause damage to the healthy tooth. Tooth resorption, decay, or crowded teeth are just a few examples. Your dentist can tell if wisdom teeth are impacted against the other teeth by taking a full-mouth panoramic X-ray. 

Partial eruption

Wisdom teeth can sometimes only erupt a small way into the mouth – leaving an opening in the gum tissue for food or bacteria to creep underneath. Infection like cysts, periodontal disease, cavities, and abscesses can easily develop in these conditions. 

Inability to keep the tooth clean

Sometimes wisdom teeth will come in perfectly straight, without any problem whatsoever. Ideally no problems will occur, but sometimes it may be difficult to even keep these teeth clean even with the best oral hygiene. The location of these teeth as well as the anatomy of the jaws may make it where even your dentist can hardly see the tooth, even if it is fully erupted. In circumstances such as these, wisdom teeth often become infected and may cause a chain reaction to their neighboring teeth.

Regular dental check-ups and X-rays are a perfect way to predict what will happen with you or your child’s wisdom teeth!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Mansouri, Marietta Family Dental Care, P.C.



Wisdom Teeth Removal

Many people wonder why, if wisdom teeth are “wise” why do they need to be removed? Wisdom teeth got their name because of the age at which they typically appear in most people. Wisdom teeth generally come in between the ages of 17-25 – which has been called the “Age of Wisdom.” All other teeth in a person’s mouth appear years before wisdom teeth. Therefore, because wisdom teeth appear at the time a person generally matures into adulthood they are considered “wise” to correspond with the age at which they come in.

However, many people don’t feel quite so wise when they learn that they have to have their wisdom teeth removed. Wisdom teeth are third molars that develop last in a person’s mouth. These rear molars typically do not have enough room to properly fit into the mouth and cause crowding and other dental problems. For people who have gone through orthodontic care to align their teeth beautifully, they surely do not want to mess up their beautiful smile from wisdom teeth crowding and pushing their teeth all around. Even for those who have not had or needed orthodontic care, an overly crowded environment in the mouth makes cleaning difficult. Wisdom teeth that don’t have enough room to erupt will be come impacted, causing pain and infection in the mouth.

Family dentists or oral surgeons are able to gently and effectively handle wisdom teeth extraction. The procedure is usually completed in an hour or using a local anesthesia, and patients are made to feel comfortable in the office and at home as their mouths heal. Wisdom teeth are able to be spotted on routine oral X-rays, and your dentist will be able to help you determine the best time to have them removed.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mac Worley, Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants



When Wisdom Teeth Don’t Come All The Way In

Wisdom teeth are a rite of passage into adulthood, although many people may not develop them or have them come in at all! For some lucky people, wisdom teeth come in perfectly straight and without any complications whatsoever. For others, they are impacted and never erupt at all. Then there are those who have their teeth come only part of the way through, but never fully erupt in line with all of the other teeth. These are the teeth that dentist refer to as “partially impacted.”

Partially erupted wisdom teeth peek through the gums, but either are not completely erupted or have some gum tissue that continues to cover part of the tooth. This allows food debris and plaque to seep down under the gums, and even further into gingival pockets, making oral hygiene difficult or even impossible for these areas. Over a span of time, these areas can become infected and cause tissue detachment or bone loss. Unfortunately, it’s not only the wisdom tooth that is affected; it also includes the tooth adjacent to it. As a result, the 2nd set of molars may be damaged as well. If the wisdom tooth is impacted against the other molar, tooth decay may develop as well.

Preemptive dental care may include wisdom teeth extraction before complications develop. A clinical examination and panoramic x-ray can determine whether or not the tooth will have the capability to fully erupt or not. Should bone or other teeth wedge the tooth in, then it may be in the best interest of the patient to have it removed before complications develop later on.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mac Worley, Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants



Wisdom Tooth Pain

What causes the pain that is experienced with wisdom teeth? Wisdom teeth aren’t like any other teeth. Instead, they erupt years later into early adulthood, long after the previous permanent teeth have erupted. Some of this discomfort is due to the eruption process, but there are other conditions frequently seen in wisdom tooth eruption that are due to complications in the development process. In many cases, wisdom teeth extractions are necessary to prevent further complications.

Impacted Teeth

One of the most common reasons wisdom teeth don’t come into the mouth and cause some discomfort is due to them being impacted. If the tooth is erupting at an angle, it may find itself wedged against adjacent teeth. Not only does this prevent the tooth from ever erupting, it can also damage the adjacent tooth to which it is impacted against.

Partially Erupted Teeth

If the tooth is partially impacted, that means it has only partially erupted into the mouth. Part of the tooth is wedged by something else, resulting in only a small portion of the crown coming through the gum tissue. This makes it possible for food and bacteria to enter into the gum pocket around the wisdom tooth. Because this area is almost impossible to clean using traditional oral hygiene methods, it can easily become infected.

Decay or Abscesses

Wisdom teeth are very difficult to keep clean due to their location. Even patients with exceptional oral hygiene find that their wisdom teeth may easily develop decay. Combined with a tooth that is partially erupted, it is highly likely for these teeth to develop decay, infection, and dental abscesses if not properly treated early on. As a result, these infections can affect the next tooth, creating a chain reaction.

Posted on behalf of Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants


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