Serious problems can develop from partially impacted teeth that are your wisdom teeth, such as pain, infection, and crowding of, or damage to, adjac
Serious problems can develop from partially impacted teeth that are your wisdom teeth, such as pain, infection, and crowding of, or damage to, adjacent teeth and even caries.
Most people start getting their wisdom teeth (also called the third molar) when they reach their late teens or early twenties. In many cases, the jaws are not large enough to accommodate these teeth and they remain under the gum (impacted tooth).
For totally impacted teeth, more serious problems can occur such as (dental abscess, bad breath, canker/cold sores, bulimia nervosa, and tooth decay) if the sac that surrounds the impacted tooth (wisdom teeth) fills with fluid and enlarges to form a cyst.
When Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?
No one can tell you when your impacted molar will cause trouble, but trouble will probably arise. When it does, the circumstances can be much more painful and the teeth can be more complicated to treat. An early visit to a dentist or clinic we prevent the complication of impacted teeth.
The key to timely attention to third molars is regular x-rays of the mouth. With the help of these pictures, the oral and maxillofacial surgeon can frequently predict if the wisdom teeth are going to cause trouble, either in the near future or later in life. If so, chances are the oral and maxillofacial surgeon will recommend their removal rather than wait for trouble to occur.
The Next Step
Make an appointment to see a dentist or your family dental care, or a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He can determine if your wisdom teeth pose any threat to your health and if they require extraction.