What are Impacted Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that form when people reach between the ages of 17-25 on average. There are four wisdom teeth total, two on top and two on the bottom, on each side of the mouth. For 85% of people who get wisdom teeth, an extraction is most likely in their future. 
 
Your dentist in Novi, MI will take x-rays of your mouth from time to time and be able to tell when your wisdom teeth begin to form. Often, the dentist can determine if you are going to have issues with your wisdom teeth and may recommend having them removed before they erupt or start to have problems. One of the most common problems associated with wisdom teeth is impaction. 
 
Impaction
 
Impacted wisdom teeth refers to wisdom teeth that are erupting but do not have the space on the jaw bone and gum line to erupt completely or develop normally. Most of the time, the wisdom tooth is growing in at an angle and pushing against the neighboring molar. 
 
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause a lot of pain and always lead to complications which means they must be removed. Most of the time, impacted wisdom teeth will need to be removed by an oral surgeon because they will need to be removed before they erupt and are still within the gum tissue. If your wisdom teeth have already erupted, you may be able to have them extracted by your dentist; however, in most cases wisdom teeth removal is referred to an oral surgeon. 
 
Other symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth include:
Swollen gums
Redness around gums
Gum tenderness
Bleeding gums
Bad breath
Bad taste in your mouth
Swelling of the jaw
Pain when opening or closing mouth
Pain when chewing 
 
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or believe your wisdom teeth may be forming, call your dentist in Novi, MI today for a consultation or ask about wisdom teeth at your biannual cleaning.
 

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