Wisdom teeth problems are common. Few adults have a complete set of third molars that are fully erupted in the proper positions. In fact, 9 out of every 10 people has at least one impacted wisdom tooth.
Discomfort is to be expected when any tooth erupts. But how do you know if you have a problem with your wisdom teeth? Oral surgeons recommend watching for the typical warning signs. If you notice any of the following symptoms, schedule a third molar extraction consultation as soon as possible.
Troubles with the Gums
Patients with problematic wisdom teeth often have sore, red and swollen gums. The gums may bleed easily, and the pain and inflammation can make it difficult to open your mouth. Chewing with the third molars may also be quite painful.
If an impacted third molar gets a cavity, this can lead to sensitivity. With a cavity, patients may have pain when drinking or eating foods that are particularly cold, hot or sweet.
Pain and Swelling in the Jaw
The third molars grow and develop in a sac within the jawbone. If one of these teeth is impacted, the sac can form a cyst, and in many cases, an abscess. This can result in pain and swelling along the jaw.
Bad Breath or Bad Taste in the Mouth
Patients who develop tooth decay, abscesses or infections due to third molar impaction often suffer from bad breath and an unpleasant taste in the mouth.
Ongoing Sinus Issues
Chronic sinus problems may seem unrelated to the third molars, but they can be a warning sign. Ongoing sinus pressure, pain and congestion can be caused by a wisdom tooth growing at an angle and pressing against the sinuses.
No Signs of Problems with Your Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth problems don’t always cause noticeable symptoms. Some people don’t even realize their third molars are impacted until they see evidence on their dental X-rays.
Impaction can give rise to additional oral health issues, including tooth decay, gum disease, cyst development and infection. Extraction is the recommended treatment for an impacted tooth, but since wisdom teeth problems aren’t always apparent, oral surgeons recommend taking a proactive approach. The third molars — whether symptomatic or not — should be evaluated on a regular basis.
Are you due for an oral surgeon examination? For expert care in the greater Salt Lake City area, make an appointment with the professional team at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah.
With more than 10 years of experience treating patients in northern Utah, our board-certified oral surgeons have the skill and knowledge to solve wisdom teeth problems. To schedule a third molar extraction consultation, contact our Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan or Tooele office today.