Warning Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Are you experiencing a sudden excruciating pain in your jaw? Do you have an annoying continuous tender feeling on one side of your mouth? Do you have a pungent bad odour coming out of from one particular area of the mouth? If yes, then visit your dentist right away. Because the reason for all this pain could be an impacted un-erupted wisdom tooth.

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the last to arrive third molars, which usually develop between the ages of 15 and 21. Some individuals may not have enough room in their mouths for them to grow properly. As a result, they may grow crooked (and into adjacent teeth) or only be able to break through the gum partially. This is when they are termed ‘impacted’ wisdom teeth. Such teeth may cause complications like decay in the adjacent teeth, infection, cysts, pain radiating to ear and neck etc.

What are the symptoms of an impacted wisdom tooth?

  1. Pain

A significant pain arising in the jaw which may range from a continuous dull aching pain to and excruciating pain in the jaw. This pain may or may not radiate to adjacent structure causing headaches, ear ache and pain in the neck. This may in turn lead to difficulty in opening and closing of the mouth.

  1. Swelling of the gums and jaw

The continuous inflammation of the jaw may lead to swelling and redness of the gums and soreness. This area of the face will be tender to touch and will be asymmetric compared to the other side of the face. There also might be a drainage of pus from the affected area giving you a bad taste in the mouth.

  1. Bad odour/bad breath

Remnants of food may get lodged in the pockets of the gum leading to a pungent or bad smell from the mouth.

Treatment of impacted wisdom tooth

A wisdom tooth can be easily diagnosed by your dentist on a panoramic x ray or a normal x ray. Our Oral surgeon who specializes in surgical procedures can remove the tooth under anaesthesia, which allows for an efficient and painless removal of tooth. Recovery time is minimal – usually less than a few days – and most patients experience no more than some swelling after the surgery. We in Dr Ehab’s Dental Clinic screen the teenage patients at an early stage.

Call us right away if you can relate to this article. Keep smiling!