Wisdom teeth are the last to grow and usually sprout when individuals are between the ages of 17 and 24 years. Normally referred to as the Third Molars, wisdom teeth may grow in a misaligned setting which is defined by the term impacted. If the wisdom teeth grow into adjacent teeth, break through the gum or are simply crooked, they are referred to as being impacted which is a worrying condition if it goes unattended. There are warning signs that you have to identify and monitor in order to catch the condition before it develops to a severe state.
Swollen and bleeding gums
Tender gums are always a sign that there is a problem and worse still an infection in the mouth. If the gums are swollen and possibly bleeding especially at the intersection of the jaws, it is taken as a sign that you have impacted wisdom teeth that have broken through the gum due to the lack of space in which they can grow comfortably. You should always check for any swelling or bleeding up to the skull region as it will give you an initial diagnosis on whether you have impacted wisdom teeth.
Swelling around the jaw
Any form of swelling around the jaw signifies a dental condition that needs immediate attention. Swelling and soreness around the jaw are both signs of impacted wisdom teeth. The pain and soreness are usually indicative of the fact that the third molars are not growing as they should or they have grown into adjacent teeth owing to a lack of space in which to grow freely.
As much as bad breath may be attributed to other bacterial infections, consistent and unending bad breath even after brushing your teeth should be taken as a sign that you may be having impacted wisdom teeth. Bad breath comes about as a result of bacteria getting trapped between the crooked molars and also beneath the gums that the third molars have displaced. The bacteria causing the bad breath may also cause decay and development of cysts and thus, immediate attention from a dentist is required to rectify the condition.
Pain and difficulty in opening the mouth
Impacted wisdom teeth are largely responsible for pain and difficulty when it comes to opening the mouth wide. The pain is usually a result of soreness of the jaw and gums which may be bleeding due to the teeth breaking through them. The pain may also manifest from the misalignment being experienced by the existing teeth which are being forced out of place to create room for the growing wisdom tooth.
Headaches and swollen glands at the neck region
Swollen glands are always an indication that all body systems are not working to the threshold capacity and when coupled with headaches, the symptoms may be a warning sign of impacted wisdom teeth. The swollen glands may even lead to a patient experiencing unpleasant taste when ingesting foods.
Impacted wisdom teeth should be handled with care and professional help sought to ensure that the condition does not lead to the development of other severe dental diseases like tooth decay and gum disease.