In the world of orthodontia there are some issues that need to be taken care of immediately. Sure there are cleanings and common aches from growing cavities, but these are relatively mundane and easy to address. When it comes to wisdom teeth, however, there are warning signs that may be telling of impaction.
1) Pain. By far pain is the most common sign of an impacted wisdom tooth. With mouth pain though, it can radiate. Some people feel pain in the central wisdom tooth area, but others feel pain at the front of their mouths. The reason for this is that wisdom teeth can push other teeth miniscule lengths. Although it is negligible to the eye, the sensitive nerve endings throughout the gums know when they are being touched.
The pain felt by impacted wisdom teeth can radiate, but it will also show at the actual cite. Any pain that originates from the back of the mouth can be suspect. It’s important to get to the dentist if this is the pain that starts.
2) Swelling around the jaw. Another sign of impacted wisdom teeth is swelling around the jaw area. This can extend from the chin and back to the under-ear area. Any swelling or tenderness here can be a sign of an impacted wisdom tooth waiting to be taken out. As the tooth shifts deep in the jaw, it disrupts nerve endings spanning the entire mouth. Because of this, the swelling can affect any area around the mouth. If you have swelling in the jaw, get a professional opinion as to what the cause is.
3) Swollen or bleeding gums. Gums are another part of the mouth affected by impacted wisdom teeth. The wisdom teeth cause shifting and sometimes it can be strong enough to create tenderness in other teeth. This is where a gum may start to bleed and swell. This is definitely a telltale sign of something going wrong in the mouth. Any swelling or bleeding of the gums should be discussed with a doctor.
Wisdom teeth that are impacted need to be addressed by a professional. The biggest issue is going to be crowding in the mouth that alters the development of other teeth. As the wisdoms try to grow in, they cause changes in the overall bite structure. Beyond aesthetics, these changes can cause gum disease, accelerated tooth decay and even cyst growth that can damage nerve endings.
If you see any of the above three symptoms over-the-counter aids are fine temporarily. But it is crucial to see a dentist as soon as possible. He or she can help you to come up with a plan to manage your impacted wisdom teeth, and eliminate additional problems, for good.