If you’ve ever suffered from an impacted Wisdom tooth, you know that it’s something that you want to avoid at all costs. In fact, a lot of experts will recommend early wisdom tooth removal over emergency extractions. Even so, it’s possible and in some cases even likely that you might have symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth before a removal can be recommended. If that happens, you need to know what to look for and how to react!
If you have some troubles with your wisdom teeth, they’ll be very apparent. You won’t start out in a world of pain, but if you don’t get it taken care of quickly, you could soon end up there. To make sure you avoid the growing pain of an impacted wisdom tooth, contact your dental provider if you experience:
- Reddening of the gums
- A feeling of pressure on your back molars
- Foul breath
- Bad taste when chewing
What Happens When Wisdom Teeth Impact or Erupt
So your wisdom teeth are coming in, what happens? A couple of things can take place;
- The wisdom teeth attempt to push your existing teeth forward and fill in missing teeth (Modern medicine has rendered this an almost useless evolutionary trait).
- The wisdom teeth erupt from your gums like a mini volcano of pain and infection.
- The wisdom teeth start moving in and are extracted before they can cause too much pain or damage (best case scenario).
Wisdom teeth used to be very useful to prehistoric man, but in the modern era aren’t nearly as useful. In fulfilling that role, they have a nasty tendency to impact themselves on our other teeth and unceremoniously burst from our gum line. When 32 teeth clamor for space in a 28 hole gum-line, we get problems such as overcrowding, bone and nerve damage, infections, etc. This is why we always recommend extraction well before they can become a problem. Infections are the most common thread here and can lead to nasty bacterial infections, cysts, and in rare cases tumors.
What Do I Do?!
One day your dentist will advise you to get your wisdom teeth extracted. When this recommendation comes up, it might make you a little nervous or just downright scared. This is a typical reaction, but the good news is that we know how to help! At Hospital Dental Group our patients tell us all the time how easy and relaxing we make even the scariest procedures. So if you need to get something extracted, then don’t wait! Fill out the contact form on the right now!
Wisdom teeth, what a bummer right? Luckily we know something that isn’t a bummer, and that’s Hospital Dental Group’s wonderful office staff and doctors. We have some of the best equipment around and some of the most highly rated staff in the Hartford CT area. If you have any questions that you need answered, or are just looking for a new provider, make sure you call us today, or fill out that convenient form right there in the sidebar!