The third molars are commonly referred to as the wisdom teeth and are often known to cause major dental complications. Many dental experts recommend removing the wisdom teeth even if they are not causing discomfort.
It’s still important to understand the dangers of wisdom teeth even if you have decided not to immediately remove them. Wisdom teeth can actually damage adjacent teeth, lead to tooth decay and cause cysts in the mouth. Although there may not be any noticeable signs of impacted wisdom teeth, these are just a few of the warning symptoms that could lead to a dental intervention.
Experiencing jaw pain is one of the most common side effects of impacted wisdom teeth. In some cases, the jaw pain can become so severe that patients will develop intense headaches. The pain can increase while chewing, especially if it circulates to the back of the mouth or nearby teeth. A dangerous impaction can be noticed when the entire jaw begins to swell due to infection.
A patient’s dental health will begin to deteriorate if the jaw and tooth pain extends into the gums. If gum’s bleed with no provocation, this is a major sign that something is wrong with the teeth. Tenderness in the back of the gums is another indicator of issues within the wisdom teeth area.
Bacteria tends to get trapped in the soft folds of the gums and teeth when wisdom teeth are impacted. Unfortunately, bacteria grows rapidly in dark, damp areas and infections are likely to occur. Infections can break out into decay and cysts, leading to a bad taste in the mouth. It can also lead to bad breath noticed by others.
Some other signs of impacted wisdom teeth include:
- Pain in the back of the mouth
- Swollen glands
- Trouble opening the mouth
- Constant earaches
All warning signs should be taken seriously as impacted wisdom teeth can cause irreversibly damaged nerves. If you are experiencing discomfort due to wisdom teeth complications, contact Lindner Dental at 603.624.3900.