Your wisdom teeth show up between the ages of 17 to 25, which is the age that people become adults and are, therefore, “wiser”. As the last to come through, wisdom teeth can become stuck, unable to properly emerge. This is because the other teeth sometimes don’t leave sufficient room for their new neighbors and the wisdom teeth become impacted.
If impacted wisdom teeth are left untreated, you may end up with tooth decay, gum disease, and issues for the surrounding teeth. You may have an impacted tooth if you are having any of the following:
- Bad breath
- A bad taste in the mouth when eating
- Bleeding or swollen gums
- Swelling or aching in the jaw
If these signs describe your mouth, your dentist can examine your smile for possible extraction or further monitoring. If there is a tooth stuck in the bone, your dentist will need to remove the tooth (or teeth). Sometimes impacted wisdom teeth don’t display symptoms. However, they can still be detected during routine dental checkups with the help of dental X-rays.
Don’t ignore treatment for problems with your teeth and gums, especially wisdom teeth. To schedule an appointment with one of our skilled dentists at Washington Dental Group, please call 1-800-823-0830 today to find a location nearest you. We look forward to helping you with all of your oral health needs!