When does my wisdom tooth become a problem?
How do I know if my wisdom teeth are impacted?
An impacted tooth can be painless, showing no symptoms. However, when it becomes infected (pericoronitis) or starts causing other dental problems, you may experience some of these signs and symptoms:
- Pain or swelling of the gums or jaw bone
- Pain when chewing or biting
- Difficulty opening your jaw
- Prolonged headache
- Bad breath
- A bad taste in the mouth
- Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
According to a study by the AAOMS and the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation, wisdom teeth that come in normally may still be susceptible to disease. AAOMS advises that the third molars be assessed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon by the time a patient is a young adult. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are specially trained to evaluate wisdom teeth, disease status and suggest patient-specific treatment plan.
How about you? How was your wisdom teeth experience?