Have you ever wondered about the state of your wisdom teeth? They are the molars in the very back of your mouth and come in last of all the other teeth under normal circumstances. Unfortunately, many people don’t have room in their jaw to accept their wisdom teeth, which is one of the reasons the teeth may become impacted.

How can you tell if you have impacted wisdom teeth in Kennewick, WA? Although only a trained dentist can confirm this common condition and suggest treatment options, some of the following symptoms are frequently reported:

·         You feel tremendous pressure in the back of your mouth. This comes from the wisdom teeth pushing against your other teeth. You may feel this pressure in one place, or up to all four locations of your wisdom teeth.

·         Your other teeth are beginning to get crowded. You always had straight teeth, and now they are getting crowded. Why? Your wisdom teeth are forcing them out of alignment.

·         Your gums above the wisdom teeth are swollen, sore and/or red. While this may be indicative of other problems, including gum disease, it’s also a signal that your wisdom teeth are irritating the soft tissues.

·         You keep getting regular headaches from throbbing, aching nerves and gums. Are you noticing headaches? These can happen due to the pain and pressure from impacted wisdom teeth. While headaches by themselves can’t predict impacted teeth, they often accompany the problem.

·         Your relatives all had impacted teeth. Do impacted wisdom teeth run in your family? If your parents and siblings had wisdom teeth that required extraction, your chances of requiring this safe procedure will be increased.

·         You can’t comfortably chew food in the back of your mouth. Impacted wisdom teeth can make it difficult or painful to eat, especially tough foods that must be chewed using the molars.

·         Your jaws are swollen and may not open all the way. In more serious cases, the jaw can become tender and swollen, even to the naked eye. Having problems opening your mouth? Your wisdom teeth could be the issue.

·         Your breath smells bad. We all get bad breath now and then, but constant halitosis (bad breath) is a reason to contact your dentist. Not only is it a sign of impacted wisdom teeth, but it can be a sign of gum disease, too.

·         Your gums are bleeding and/or exuding pus. This requires an immediate phone call to your dentist. The last thing you need is an infection, which can lead to systemic concerns.

Our office team is experienced in handling cases of wisdom teeth in Kennewick, WA. Please contact us right away if you notice any of the symptoms related to impacted teeth.