What are the symptoms of an impacted wisdom tooth?

Wisdom teeth are also known as third molars, and they are the third and last molars on either side of the upper and lower jaw. Generally speaking, they appear during a person’s late teenage years or early twenties. Wisdom teeth that emerge only partially or come in crooked can cause pain, potential disease, and displacement of other teeth. When there is not enough room for the wisdom tooth to emerge normally, it is considered impacted and surgery to remove the teeth or tooth will most likely be recommended.

When a wisdom tooth is impacted, it may become infected, affect other teeth, or otherwise cause dental problems, you will likely develop signs and symptoms of your impacted wisdom tooth. Symptoms can include red and/or swollen gums, tender and/or bleeding gums, jaw pain, swelling, and headache and/or earache. You may also experience trouble with chewing and eating. While wisdom teeth don’t always cause symptoms, when they become impacted it is safe to say that you will experience at least some of these symptoms.

What to do when you have an impacted wisdom tooth?

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is best to see Dr. Gombert DDS as soon as possible to minimize complications that may arise. He will likely ask you about your symptoms and your general oral health care. After an examination of the teeth and gums, dental X-rays can be revealing and allow Dr. Gombert to pursue the best course of action for your individual situation.

Dr. Gombert and his experienced and well trained staff will be sure to treat your dental emergency with care and compassion. We realize no one wants to suffer through tooth pain, and that you may have fears or anxiety over surgery. We will work with you to provide the most comfortable environment possible, as well as provide the best outpatient aftercare after a wisdom tooth extraction.