There’s nothing to be happy about finding out your wisdom tooth has already emerged. Aside from the fact that it has nothing to do with gaining more wisdom to your years, a third molar does not really sound appealing – especially if there is not enough room for it to grow normally.
This results to an impacted wisdom tooth, which could lead to pain and may possibly damage your other existing teeth, causing further dental problems.
When to see your dentist
It is important to have your teeth checked if any of the following symptoms occur:
- Swelling and redness of gums
- Tenderness or bleeding in the gums
- Bad breath
- Swelling in the jaw
- Unpleasant taste felt in the mouth
These symptoms indicate that the wisdom tooth is already infected or has damaged other teeth.
Why seek immediate help
An impacted wisdom tooth should be reported to a reliable dentist, like Dr. Leslie Sultan, as it could cause possible problems and complications in the mouth, including:
- Decay. A partially impacted wisdom tooth seems to be more vulnerable to tooth decay than regular teeth. This might be due to the fact that it is harder to clean, allowing food particles and bacteria to easily remain in the erupting tooth.
- Gum disease. Since bacteria remains trapped in a wisdom tooth, the site could also be vulnerable for the development of an inflammatory gum disease called pericoronitis.
- Damage to other teeth. A wisdom tooth could push against the second molar and could possibly damage it and make it more susceptible to infection.
If you have the following symptoms and would want to get proper treatment, call us today at 954-771-8772 to book an appointment with Dr. Leslie Sultan. We look forward to hearing from you!