Impacted wisdom teeth may be painful, cause damage to your other teeth and lead to dental complications. Fortunately, most issues can be resolved by having your wisdom teeth extracted by a dental professional.

If your wisdom teeth are causing you discomfort or you want a consultation to see if they require removal, contact Family Dentistry of New Jersey (FDNJ). We have over three decades of experience and are dedicated to patient-centric care.

Reasons Wisdom Teeth Are Removed

Wisdom teeth become impacted when your jaw cannot accommodate all your teeth. This lack of space results in your wisdom teeth erupting at the wrong angle or embedding on the jawline, causing pain and impaction. Reasons for wisdom teeth removal include:

  • Pain or discomfort: A dentist will remove your wisdom teeth if you experience soreness in your jaw and gums.
  • Recurring oral hygiene infections: If you get continuous infections in the soft tissue behind your wisdom teeth or are struggling with persisting gum disease, tumors or fluid-filled cyst sacs in your mouth, you may need to schedule wisdom teeth removal.
  • Structural and space issues: Impacted wisdom teeth may crowd and damage your other teeth. A dentist will surgically remove your wisdom teeth if they notice structural damage.

Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Impacted wisdom teeth may have no overt indicators at first, meaning you may already have an impacted tooth and not be aware of it. Annual dental inspections and X-rays are the best ways to detect if anything is wrong before damage happens. If you notice any signs, it is typically when a tooth is infected. Consider scheduling wisdom teeth removal immediately if you experience these symptoms:

  • Jaw pain
  • Swollen, bleeding and sensitive gums
  • Swelling around your jaw
  • Bad breath
  • Difficulty chewing or opening and closing your mouth
  • Unpleasant, unexplained tastes in your mouth
  • Swollen lymph nodes at your neck

When to See a Dentist

Besides seeing your dentist at least once a year for your annual checkup, make an appointment if you notice tenderness and swelling around your last molar or any signs and symptoms typically associated with impacted wisdom teeth.

Your dentist will inspect your mouth and take X-rays to see the extent of the impacted teeth and if there is any damage to mitigate. In most cases, if you’re experiencing discomfort, the dentist will recommend removal. An oral surgery procedure can help minimize future problems and prevent extensive damage.

Get Professional Impacted Wisdom Teeth Care With FDNJ

If you’re experiencing pain and other symptoms due to impacted wisdom teeth, leaving them in place may cause further complications and bad oral health. Wisdom teeth removal is a common oral procedure that can improve your mouth hygiene and alleviate symptoms quickly.

Contact FDNJ to request an appointment to address oral health concerns. We’re committed to delivering 100% patient-centric care, and you don’t need insurance to visit us.

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