Some people are lucky enough to be born without the wisdom tooth. But for others, they need to see us right away for x-rays, so we can determine the condition of the extra teeth.
Generally, teens as young as 17 and young adults (about 25) should go to the dentist to have the wisdom teeth removed. If the tooth is impacted, you will really feel the pain. In which case, you don't need a reminder to see a dentist right away.
Impacted Tooth vs Infected ToothImpacted is a term we use when the tooth doesn't break through the gum. Instead, it continues to grow sideways and start to push toward the other teeth. How do you know if you have impacted teeth?
There's a throbbing pain at the back of your jaw, mostly around the gums. Also, you will notice a lot of swelling in the affected area, extreme sensitivity, bleeding and redness. In some cases, it's even too difficult to open your mouth wide. Headaches are also another red flag for impacted teeth.
Aside from impacted, not going to the dentist for a checkup may result in infection in the wisdom tooth. This happens when the tooth fails to break the surface. The top of the tooth is still covered by a thin strip of gum, which makes the wisdom tooth invisible to the naked eye.
However, bacteria can still penetrate the strip, which causes infection. This is called pericoronitis. In this case, you will really notice it because of the pain involved.
Both impacted and infected tooth may not become painful right away, which can be a problem in itself because you are made to believe that you have no issue with your wisdom teeth at all. X-rays should help us find out if your tooth is infected or impacted.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (928) 277-0076 today.