Wisdom teeth are the last molars to grow in and are typically large, which means they most often grow in at an angle and don’t have enough room to erupt fully. When wisdom teeth grow beneath the gums and do not erupt into the mouth, they are called impacted wisdom teeth. These impacted teeth can cause a host of oral health problems. Wisdom teeth that become trapped or damaged can cause infections in the tissue of your gums. If the impacted molars have been left to grow in for a lengthy period, a cyst or tumor is likely to develop around the distressed molars.
If you have impacted wisdom teeth, Dr. Gregory McGee and Dr. Drew Steel at Rio Grande Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center can provide you with an oral examination and subsequent appointment for the extraction procedure. Impacted wisdom teeth should always be examined and removed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon because they possess extensive experience extracting wisdom teeth and providing advanced oral surgery treatment.
Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Impacted wisdom teeth do not always present painful or noticeable symptoms, making them hard for the average patient to detect. In many cases, patients do not discover that they have impacted wisdom teeth until an infection or other problem develops and starts causing discomfort. If you experience any of the symptoms listed below, you may have impacted or infected wisdom teeth:
- Pain or discomfort around your rear molars when eating or drinking
- Consistent bad breath or a continuous poor taste in your mouth
- Trouble moving or opening your jaw that can also cause pain
- Swelling of the gums around the back of your mouth
The best way to prevent the problems associated with impacted wisdom teeth is to identify and remove them early, usually in the teenage years. Early identification is easy for patients who maintain routine checkups with their general dentist. A simple X-ray is all that is needed to track the development of wisdom teeth and ensure removal occurs before problems arise.
Wisdom Teeth Procedures at Rio Grande Oral Surgery
If you have impacted wisdom teeth or you are ready to have them removed as a precautionary measure, contact our office in Albuquerque, NM. We will gladly get you set up for a consultation with one of our oral surgeons, Dr. Gregory McGee or Dr. Drew Steel, to develop a treatment plan for extraction.