Wisdom teeth are the molars in the very back of your mouth and are the last adult teeth to develop in the mouth. Most people have four wisdom teeth – two at the top and two at the bottom. If these teeth become trapped in your gums or jawbone, impacted wisdom teeth are the result.
Sometimes impacted wisdom teeth don’t always cause symptoms. However, when the impacted teeth become infected, damage other teeth, or cause other problems, you may start developing symptoms such as:
- Red or swollen gums
- Jaw pain
- Difficulty opening your mouth
- Bad Breath
- Tender or bleeding gums
- Unpleasant taste in your mouth
Impacted wisdom teeth could be dangerous because they can cause pain, damage to other teeth, and other dental problems. Wisdom teeth usually emerge between ages 17 and 25. In many cases, people have wisdom teeth that emerge without any problems and line up with the other teeth behind the second molars. However, if the mouth is too crowded for third molars to develop normally, these crowded third molars eventually can become impacted.
You can’t keep impacted teeth from occurring, but keeping regular dental appointments for cleaning and checkups here at Smile Sarasota enables Dr. Still to monitor the growth and emergence of your wisdom teeth.
So, if you have a dental emergency, and need emergency dental care near Sarasota, FL, call Smile Sarasota at (941) 957-3311.