If you still have your wisdom teeth, you may have been advised to have them removed sooner rather than later. You might be avoiding the dentist due to lack of time, money, or not wanting to be in pain or inconvenienced by an extraction. Unfortunately, impacted wisdom teeth can cause you more pain and inconvenience down the road when left untreated. If you are experiencing pain caused by your wisdom teeth in Fishers, IN, Dr. E. Dale Behner wants you to know the signs of impacted wisdom teeth to prevent further damage to your oral health.
The number one warning sign of impacted wisdom teeth is pain. You may be feeling throbbing pain coming from the back of your mouth, or you may feel radiating pain that originates in your wisdom teeth and spreads to the rest of your mouth. This pain will only increase as additional teeth become affected.
Another warning sign is tender, swollen, or bleeding gums. This could also be a sign of gum disease. You should see Dr. Behner immediately.
You may experience swelling around your jaw. The swelling can start gradually, but quickly develop painfully, and increase to the point of making opening your mouth very difficult.
Complications of Impacted Wisdom Teeth
If left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth can cause severe damage to adjacent teeth. The constant pressure of the impacted wisdom teeth can push other teeth out of place. The very back of your mouth is hard to keep clean as it is, but with painful swollen gums, oral hygiene becomes even more difficult. This increases your risk for infections, tooth decay, and gum disease. Additionally, when wisdom teeth get infected, the sac that surrounds them fills with fluid and can develop cysts. These cysts are very painful and can cause nerve damage.
If you have bleeding gums and suspect you may be having complications caused by wisdom teeth, contact our office to schedule your consultation with Dr. Behner today.