Our Dentist in Novi MI Provides Notable Information for 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.
Our dentist in Novi MI, Dr. Tariq, will take x-rays of your mouth from time to time and be able to tell when your wisdom teeth begin to form. Often, we can determine if you're 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.
Impacted wisdom teeth refers to wisdom teeth that are erupting but don't 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 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 our oral surgeon 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 Dr. Tariq; 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're experiencing any of these symptoms or believe your wisdom teeth may be forming, call our dentist in Novi today for a consultation or ask about wisdom teeth at your biannual cleaning.