Information about Impacted Wisdom Tooth
We have to know about Impacted Wisdom Tooth
- Wisdom teeth aren’t able to emerge normally and instead become impacted, or trapped within your jaw.
- Wisdom teeth are your third molars, stuck way in the back of your mouth. They normally emerge between ages 17 and 21.
Causes of Impacted Wisdom Tooth
- Smaller jaws sometimes may not have enough space for the last set of molars to grow properly. So the wisdom teeth may become impacted.
- The cramped wisdom teeth struggle for a path to grow and emerge. They grow at various angles in the jaw, sometimes even horizontally.
- Sometimes, a wisdom tooth partially emerges through the gums. Other times, it remains completely hidden.
Signs & Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Tooth
- Pain or tenderness around your gums
- Swelling around your jaw
- Red or swollen gums around the impacted tooth
- Jaw pain
- Bad breath
- Unpleasant taste when biting down on or near the area
- Prolonged headache or jaw ache
Medical advice for Impacted Wisdom Tooth
- If you notice pain or swelling in your mouth, teeth, gums or jaw, contact your dentist right away. See your dentist if you experience symptoms in the area behind your last molar that may be associated with an impacted wisdom tooth.
Risk factors of Impacted Wisdom Tooth
- Small jawbone
Treatment for Impacted Wisdom Tooth
- Your dentist or oral surgeon can evaluate your teeth and mouth to determine if you have impacted wisdom teeth or if another condition is causing your problems. Such evaluations typically include:
- Questions about your dental symptoms and general health
- An examination of the condition of your teeth and gums
- Dental X-rays that can reveal the presence of impacted teeth, as well as signs of damage to teeth or bone
- If your impacted wisdom teeth are likely to be difficult to treat or if you have medical conditions that may increase surgical risks, your dentist will likely ask you to see an oral surgeon to discuss the best course of action.
Self-care of Impacted Wisdom Tooth
- Plan to rest for the remainder of the day after surgery. Don’t smoke for at least the first day after surgery, as doing this may disrupt the blood clot in the socket.
- Drink lots of clear liquids and eat only soft foods for the first 12 hours. If you had several teeth removed, stick to a diet of soft foods for the first few days. Don’t use straws, as doing so can dislodge the clot that forms in the tooth socket. Avoid hard or crunchy foods, such as popcorn, for two weeks after surgery.
- Some people may need prescription pain medication during the first few days after surgery. Applying ice packs works nicely —also may help control pain, as well as swelling.
- Some oozing of blood is normal for the first day after the removal of your impacted wisdom tooth. Swallow blood-tinged saliva instead of spitting it out, to avoid dislodging the socket clot.
- Swelling of your cheeks and jaw is normal after surgery. You can use ice packs to help control swelling.
- The day after surgery, rinse your mouth gently with warm salt water at least six times a day. Mix 1/2 teaspoon of table salt in an 8-ounce glass of water. Brush your teeth, but be very gentle in the area around your surgery.
Investigations for Impacted Wisdom Tooth
- Your dental and medical history
- A dental exam
- Dental X-rays