Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Impacted wisdom teeth may sometimes not fully erupt or break through the gums at the wrong angle to the teeth around them and is often caused by teeth above blocking their proper alignment in the jaw. If teeth do no erupt vertically, or remain impacted they can result in painful symptoms including jaw pain, headaches, difficulty chewing, bad breath, gum inflammation and infection whilst further increasing the likelihood of cyst development around the impacted tooth, or cause problems to adjacent or above teeth (pushing the second molars).
Therefore, wisdom teeth complications are frequent. It is recommended to visit the dentist for wisdom teeth assessment especially if previous orthodontic work has been undertaken, pain is associated with these regions, or the teeth are erupting. A full mouth x-ray (OPG) is often used to assess how the teeth are looking within the jaw/mouth, especially if they aren’t visible above the gum line. From this, the dentist can provide advice on whether the teeth require extraction due to future or current complications. Depending on the level of difficulty in the removal of these teeth, a dentist may perform surgery in their practice or refer a patient to an oral maxillofacial surgeon for further assessment and treatment.
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This post was written by Letooth