Most Common Problems of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

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Most Common Problems of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that grow in people between the ages of 17 and 21 at the back of the mouth. Most already possess a full mouth of adult teeth by that time. This causes many people’s wisdom teeth to grow in an impacted environment, meaning one that does not have space for them to grow correctly. We can bite and chew our food without those extra back teeth, which often get in the way and may even become painful and also causes cheek bite.

When they begin to erupt, untreated impacted wisdom teeth push through and cause pain. They can also lead to many other problems, such as infections, cleaning issues, decay, and more. There’s a window where extraction is potentially easier than if one waits.


Pain occurs in nearly all impacted wisdom tooth situations, including neighbouring teeth and their roots.

The gums around the tooth may start to hurt. The pain could even be felt throughout the jaw. Pain will differ from patient to patient.

Cleaning Issues and Increased Risk of Infections

Wisdom teeth,due to their positioning, are harder to clean than other teeth. Reaching every area with a toothbrush and floss is much more difficult. This is especially true for partially erupted wisdom tooth Bacteria from the trapped food and your mouth could be enough to cause an infection or a cavity.

If not kept clean, wisdom teeth may develop any number of infections. Each will usually affect more than just one tooth.


 Pericoronitis is an inflammation of the gums around a partially erupted tooth, hence its common association with wisdom teeth. It usually occurs in and around the little “flap” of tissue over the tooth.

It can also be painful or cause swelling in parts of the face. When pericoronitis is advanced enough, many people will experience difficulty biting, chewing, or closing their mouth.  

 Pericoronitis can also cause fevers, difficulty swallowing, and a loss of appetite


Damage to Nearby Teeth

Wisdom teeth come in when one already has his or her 28 adult teeth, which can lead to issues of overcrowding.Wisdom teeth grow at all different angles. Some grow straight and cause no issues to other teeth. Much of the time, however, they grow incongruously at an angle or even fully sideways. when they push out into the roots of neighbouring healthy teeth. If this happens, you are now looking at addressing both teeth. 

Imperfect wisdom teeth potentially cause orthodontic problems. The new teeth push and slide existing teeth out of alignment. Depending on the severity, misalignment should be something for which one seeks treatment.

Not everyone needs to have a wisdom tooth extraction, but it is an important consideration.

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