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signs of impacted wisdom teeth

5 Warning Signs That Your Wisdom Teeth May Be Impacted

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

The Wisdom Teeth are the third and last molars and the last permanent teeth to emerge. They are located on each side of the lower and upper jaws and usually begin to come in during the late teenage years or the early twenties.

About Impacted Teeth

The eruption of your wisdom teeth can be painful, but impacted wisdom teeth can present even more of a challenge. Impacted teeth are those that are trying to emerge through the gums but are unable to do so properly because there is not enough room, either because of the jawbone or because of the positioning of adjacent teeth. As a result, the wisdom teeth become stuck in the jawbone as the roots continue to grow longer, causing significant pain.

Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

There are some signs that you may lead you to believe that you have impacted teeth. If you are experiencing any dental pain, it is important that you see your dentist as soon as possible. The early detection of impacted wisdom teeth can save you from further pain and the spread of infection as the condition worsens.

Constant Pain at Sites of Wisdom Teeth

Impacted wisdom teeth can result in a pulsing pain that radiates from the areas of the mouth from where the wisdom teeth should emerge. If the condition is allowed to develop, the pain can spread as nearby teeth are affected by the impacted wisdom teeth.

Swollen Jaw

Initially, the swelling of the jaw may be little. However, as the condition progresses, the swelling will increase so that it begins to affect how well you can open your mouth or make chewing motions.


The presence of a cyst is a glaring indication that you should speak to your dentist regarding your wisdom teeth. The sac from which your wisdom teeth grow can become filled with fluid when the teeth become impacted. This can cause not only pain but infections in adjacent teeth.


The sudden presence of a headache, especially in addition to other symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth, should not be ignored. A headache may stem from your temporomandibular joint, the area where your skull and jaw meet, and that is near where the wisdom teeth should be emerging.

Painful Gums

Impacted wisdom teeth can cause your gums to become very tender to the touch and swollen. If pressure is applied to an affected area of your gums, you may start to bleed. Having gums in this condition can make routine dental care practices, such as brushing and flossing, extremely painful, especially in the back areas of the gums that can be difficult to clean under normal circumstances. Because impacted wisdom teeth are particularly prone to infection, your gums may also become susceptible to gum diseases.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth, you should see a dentist as soon as possible. Professional dental care is required for your symptoms to be alleviated. Postponing a visit at your dentist’s office can result in a worsened condition and a possible spread of infection.

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