Glendale Wisdom Tooth Dentist Addresses Impacted Teeth

Written by Dr. McKay on Dec 22, 2015

Wisdom teeth do not become problematic for every dental patient. However, there are many people who need to have their wisdom teeth taken out in order to maintain optimal oral health.

Our Glendale wisdom tooth dentists provide the treatments that people need to avoid complications from wisdom teeth. Today we are going to be discussing the problems associated with impacted wisdom teeth, and how we can address them.

What are impacted wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth (the molars in the very back of your mouth—your third molars) become impacted when they do not have enough room to emerge through the gum tissue to the surface of the tooth.

Impacted wisdom teeth often grow off to the side, rather than straight up. Consequently, they may put pressure on adjacent teeth, the back of the smile, or the gum tissue at the front of your jawbone.

What happens when I have an impacted wisdom tooth?

Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to many different dental problems. In the short term you might find that your gum tissue around the tooth is red and swollen. Additionally, you might start to suffer from bad breath and a bad taste in your mouth.

Long-term problems associated with impacted wisdom teeth include jaw pain, limited jaw/facial mobility, and facial swelling. If the gum tissue is damaged around the impacted tooth you will be at greater risk of suffering from dental cavities and gum disease.

In order to deal with these issues, it is critical that our Glendale dentists remove the impacted wisdom teeth in a timely manner. We are able to go into the patient’s bone tissue, and surgically remove the tooth to take the pressure off of the rest of your smile.

If you have yet to have your wisdom teeth removed, talk to your dentist about whether this treatment might be necessary for you. Give our dental team a call if you would like additional information!