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Impacted Wisdom Teeth

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Not only will impacted wisdom teeth cause pain, and infection, but they can cause more serious issues as well. For example, tumors and cysts are much more likely to be found in impacted wisdom teeth.
Anytime you’re experiencing pain or discomfort in the back of your jaw, it’s important that you consult with your dentist to see if one of your wisdom teeth is the culprit. X-Ray technology is to view the positioning of your wisdom teeth in relation to their surrounding teeth. Your dentist will also check for infection at the site of your wisdom teeth. An active infection will affect the timing of your wisdom tooth extraction.
In most cases, impacted wisdom teeth will need to be surgically removed, in case any surrounding bone will have to be removed before the extraction can take place. Rest assured, this is a very common procedure, performed on an outpatient basis. Many patients are able to return to work and their normal lives within just a few days. Just make sure you’re following post-op instructions.

Most people have their wisdom teeth taken out before they begin causing problems, so this is an option you may want to consider. Because it’s impossible to predict when your wisdom teeth may start causing problems, you may want to choose removal in advance. If you do decide to go this route, we advise that you get your wisdom teeth removed before your mid-twenties.

There’s no need for you to suffer through wisdom tooth pain! If you are experiencing any pain in the back of your jaw, or if you notice signs of infection, such as pus in the back of your mouth, it’s important to get help right away.

If you’re concerned about your gum health, please contact Coastal Periodontics today. Our office is located here in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Posted on Mar 23, 2020
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