What are impacted wisdom teeth?

Experiencing pain from impacted wisdom teeth is never fun. This happens when the teeth fail to fully grow through the entire gums. This is why most dentists recommend that you have your wisdom teeth extracted before they get to this point. Impacted wisdom teeth are common and should be dealt with as soon as possible. Most people have 4 wisdom teeth with two on top and two on bottom each appearing at the end of each row of teeth inside your mouth.

Also known as the 3rd molar most wisdom teeth do not appear until the late teens or early twenties. They often overcrowd your mouth and can cause pain because of the pressure they are putting on the other teeth in your mouth or because they are crooked. When you have impacted wisdom teeth the teeth never fully grew like they should have and remain embedded into your gum and serve no purpose other than causing you pain. This often happens due to overcrowding because your jaw area is too small for wisdom teeth to fit beside the other teeth in your mouth.

Impacted wisdom teeth can cause severe pain which may elevate from your jaw area to your ear, head and possibly even the neck. It may allow food or bacteria to collect under the gum which can cause a very serious infection if not dealt with. An infection in the mouth can cause pain, bad breath, severe swelling or make it hard for you to open your mouth fully.

If you think that you are suffering from impacted wisdom teeth you should contact your dentist as soon as possible. They will x-ray them to find out how bad they are and what needs to be done. Normally they will have to be removed surgically and will require anesthesia since it’s not as simple as a normal extraction. You may be required to take antibiotics before the procedure to clear up any current infection and then again afterwards to prevent new infections from occurring.

Usually you will be given anesthesia to help keep you calm and from not feeling any pain during the procedure. The dentist will then cut your gum line so they can extract your impacted wisdom teeth. After they have been removed the dentist will then put in a few stitches to help with the healing process. The stitches will help to slow down the bleeding and will prevent food particles from getting into the area where the impacted wisdom teeth were removed.

Once the procedure is over with the dentist will normally give you instructions to take home with you including a prescription for pain medication. Having your impacted wisdom teeth removed can be painful once the anesthesia wears off so you will want to fill the prescription for your pain medication as soon as possible.

Also remember even though the impacted wisdom teeth are now gone you still have to watch what you eat until the stitches in your mouth heal. Sharp foods should be avoided all together for at least a couple of weeks to prevent injuring yourself further.

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