What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Why do we even have wisdom teeth?
Why do wisdom teeth cause problems?
- Partially growing in – Due to lack of space, they may not fit properly.
- Growing in wrong – They can grow in facing odd directions
- Gum disease – Being so far back in your mouth, they are much harder to clean
How Do I Know If I Have Wisdom Teeth?
If you do not want to get an x-ray yet, there are some signs and symptoms that your wisdom teeth are coming in. Some common indications that your wisdom teeth are coming in include:
- Swelling in your gums
- Jaw pain
- Gums bleeding or tenderness
- Difficulty opening your mouth wide
- An unusual persistent bad taste in your mouth
- Bad breath
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What Happens When A Wisdom Tooth Is Impacted
- Damage to other teeth – Overcrowding may cause one or more wisdom teeth to grow up against other teeth. This can cause a bunch of unpleasant issues
- Cysts – The wisdom tooth may cause a fluid-filled sac to form in the gums, a dentist will need to remove this.
- Decay – Impacted wisdom teeth have a higher chance to decay than other teeth, this is because they are harder to clean due to their location.
- Gum disease – Partially impacted wisdom teeth can cause gum disease just like any other tooth.