If you have an impacted wisdom tooth, the pain and discomfort can be unbearable. It can keep you from your day-to-day routine and force you to stay in bed. If not dealt with right away, various complications can arise, including:
Damage to nearby teeth – An impacted wisdom tooth can push against the adjacent molar causing pain and an increased risk of infection. The pressure can lead to crowding of the other teeth and misalignment that may need orthodontic treatment to be corrected.
Tooth decay and gum disease – An impacted wisdom tooth has a greater risk of tooth decay and gum disease. This is because it is more difficult to reach when brushing or flossing. Bacteria, food, and other particles can get trapped and remain there for a long time.
So before things get a lot worse, it has to be removed. While many cases of impacted wisdom teeth do not have symptoms, some do. Watch out for the common signs and symptoms of an impacted wisdom tooth, such as:
Pain or swelling around the jaw area Bad breath Redness, tenderness, bleeding, or swelling of the gums Difficulty or pain when chewing, biting, or opening the mouth
They say that prevention is always the best cure. However, in the case of an impacted wisdom tooth, there is no way for you to stop it from happening. What you can do is detect it as early as possible, before the symptoms develop. Regular visits to your dentist for check-ups and cleaning allows them to keep track of the growth and development of your wisdom teeth. Through dental x-rays, they can see the emergence of a wisdom tooth and find any evidence of impaction before the occurrence of symptoms.
There are many instances when a tooth extraction or tooth removal is the best solution. It is the best way to preserve your teeth before deep decay, trauma, crowding, and impacting arise.
While tooth removal may seem like the last resort, it can provide better oral and overall health, major relief from pain and discomfort, and improved smile and self-confidence.