Some people have their wisdom teeth removed in their teens, while others make it well into adulthood before needing an extraction. For the most part, wisdom teeth do not become impacted, but if you suspect that yours are, it is important you understand the warning signs. Impacted teeth are extremely painful and the longer you wait to see your dentist in Edmonton, the harder the extraction and recovery process will be.
How Can You Tell If Your Wisdom Teeth Are Impacted?
There are four primary signs of impacted wisdom teeth. While not everyone experiences all four symptoms at once, you can expect that you will experience one or two at the same time.
These signs include:
- Pain and Tenderness – The most obvious sign of impacted wisdom teeth is the pain and tenderness you will experience at the back of the mouth at the sites where the wisdom teeth are emerging. The pain can also radiate down the jaw, but should be concentrated mostly behind your last molar.
- Swelling – If you notice that your jaw is sensitive to the touch or swelling on one side, you could have impacted wisdom teeth and need an extraction.
- Tender or Bleeding Gums – As the teeth become impacted, your gums will respond by swelling, bleeding and becoming inflamed.
- Bad Breath or Taste – If the impaction is allowed to continue for too long, you may develop a slight infection. You may also notice that you have an unpleasant taste inside your mouth or that you have bad breath. Both are possible signs of infection in the gums.
When impacted wisdom teeth are left in place, they can lead to damage of your adjacent teeth and even force you to lose healthy teeth. Bacteria inside the mouth will get into the gum tissue and cause pain, even when your wisdom teeth are not visible.
Visit Your Edmonton Dental Clinic Right Away
If you are experiencing even one of the above symptoms, you need to schedule an appointment for a wisdom teeth consultation. Azarko Dental Group can help alleviate the pain your wisdom teeth are causing. The most common treatment is extraction, which typically follows with a swift recovery.
Our two Edmonton dental clinic locations can help take care of safely removing your impacted wisdom teeth. Schedule your consultation or appointment using our convenient online booking program or give us a call today.