3 Warning Signs of Impacted Teeth
Most of us can remember either a friend or relative complaining of tooth or jaw pain. Sometimes this is a cavity or even a sinus infection but it could have been their wisdom tooth. If a tooth has become impacted there are often a number of signs and symptoms that will alert you that something is not right. With frequent dental check-ups, wisdom tooth pain can usually be avoided. But, if you are experiencing any of these signs/symptoms then it is time to make an appointment to see the dentist.
The three main warning signs of impacted wisdom teeth are:
2. Swollen gums, Swollen Jaw, Red or Bleeding Gums
3. Bad Taste in Mouth or Bath Breath
Additional symptoms may include:
• Swollen glands
• Ear ache
• Headaches of the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ), the connection between the jaw and skull
Pain – Wisdom tooth impaction can cause pain in areas other than tooth and jaw. Wisdom teeth are located in the back of your jaw so if the area grows inflamed it can cause a lot of pressure on the TMJ joint and the side of ones face. Because of their location just below the sinus pain can be caused in the sinus that sometimes can be mistaken for allergies or sinus infection. When you wisdom teeth act up you may feel discomfort in any of these areas:
Neck and shoulder pain
Painful and bleeding gums
Teeth surrounding the wisdom teeth
Difficulty opening and closing mouth
Swollen and/or Bleeding Gum, Swelling of the Jaw- While most people expect swelling of gums or even along the jaw line for erupting teeth, there are more areas that might be affected. A big issue when it comes to these teeth becoming impacted is swelling in any of the following areas:
Around the Jaw
Glands in the Neck or Shoulder
Bad Taste and/or Bad Breath- Because Wisdom teeth are at the very back of the jaw they can be difficult to clean. This is especially true as they erupt through the gums. As they break through the gum surface tiny crevices develop between the tissue and newly erupted tooth creating perfect hiding spots for food debris and bacteria to hide. This is especially true when wisdom teeth are erupting in a less than ideal trajectory.
San Francisco Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Edward L. Loev, DMD explains that it used to be standard procedure to remove wisdom teeth impacted or not. Now however, philosophies have changed and now wisdom teeth are often retained as long as they aren’t negatively impacting surrounding teeth and they are in proper alignment. Ask your dentist his or her thoughts says Dr. Loev and remember if you continuously brush your teeth and still experience the previously mentioned symptoms you should schedule an appointment with your dentist right away.
Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Edward L. Loev, DMD has been practicing dentistry in his Downtown San Francisco dental office for over 40 years. He has surrounded himself with an amazing team of individuals who are committed to patient care and service. Call them today at 415-392-2072 to set-up a complimentary cosmetic consultation or even just a new patient visit if you are in need/want of a new dentist.