When wisdom teeth are blocked by overlying gum and/or bone tissue and are unable to erupt properly into the mouth, they are said to be impacted. Impacted teeth are the most commonly impacted teeth because the average human jaw isn’t big enough to properly accommodate them. The pressure under the gums caused by impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, damage to nearby teeth and oral structures, infections, and other problems. To protect your oral health and avoid future complications with these molars, extracting the wisdom teeth as soon as possible is often the best course of treatment.
If you or your child have been recommended for wisdom teeth removal, or if you think that you or your child’s wisdom teeth are causing oral health issues, please contact The Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists of San Diego for a complete oral evaluation to determine next steps.
Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth
It’s possible to have impacted wisdom teeth without any symptoms, but if your wisdom teeth are impacted and begin to move or develop an infection, you may notice some of the following signs:
- Swelling, pain, pressure, or sensitivity of the gums near the back molars or at the back of the jaws
- Pain when opening the mouth
- Persistent bad breath and/or an unpleasant taste in the mouth
It is important that everyone in your family sees the family dentist regularly, especially children in the early and mid-teens, for dental exams and imaging so that wisdom teeth can be tracked as they develop. Wisdom teeth should be treated by an oral surgeon before they start to emerge or cause problems.
How to Prevent Impacted Teeth
Dentists and oral surgeons recommend dental examinations and cleanings twice a year (every six months), which will allow your dental care team to track the development of wisdom teeth. This way, your dentist will be able to refer you to an oral surgeon at the right time, before serious oral health problems develop. Maintaining good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing your teeth is always a good idea, but wisdom teeth are notoriously difficult and even impossible to clean properly.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth in San Diego, CA
If you or your child are recommended for wisdom teeth removal, or if you suspect an impacted wisdom tooth, please contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Koshgerian or Dr. Shelton for a diagnosis and treatment plan. The extraction will take place in one of our state-of-the art surgical suites conveniently located in the San Diego, CA, area. Thank you for the opportunity to provide the very best oral surgery care to you and your family.