Impacted Wisdom Teeth: Is there an infection?

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the four final teeth to erupt, located at the back of the mouth.

They may never come out of the gums. Development of wisdom teeth may begin anytime during the teenage years or the mid-twenties.

What are impacted wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth can be blocked or trapped by surrounding teeth, tissue or bone and may not have enough room to fully emerge. They can cause serious complications if not dealt with properly.

The two main types of impacted teeth are:

  1. Partially impacted – some of the tooth is visible above the surface of the gum.
  2. Fully impacted – the entire tooth remains below the surface of the gum line.

Impacted wisdom teeth

Impacted wisdom teeth can often times cause little to no issues, but occasionally, symptoms can range from mild to severe.

Common symptoms include:

  • Tender, swollen, or bleeding gums
  • Swelling in the jaw area
  • Headaches
  • Pain when chewing or closing the mouth

Who should have their wisdom teeth removed?

Wisdom teeth can be left if they do not cause any concerns. An issue that often occurs with wisdom teeth is keeping them clean and free of decay. It is four extra teeth in a tight space which may cause issues for nearby teeth that can lead to needing them extracted. 

Possible indictors that wisdom teeth may need to be removed:

  • Chronic infection
  • Decay
  • Inflamed gums

Gums may become tender and sore which will make them difficult to keep clean. In regards to gum disease, bacteria can be found in gum pockets which may bring upon harmful effects on the overall health of the gums

  • Damage to other teeth
  • Sinus issues

Wisdom teeth can cause sinus pain or congestion as they push on the sinus located near the jaw.

Call our Patient Coordinator on (03) 9460 7070 to find out if your wisdom teeth should be removed.

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