What are impacted wisdom teeth and what are the warning signs?
In dentistry, a tooth is described as impacted when it is prevented from erupting into the mouth fully. Most often, a tooth becomes impacted when its pathway of eruption is blocked by another tooth, or by a part of the jaw bone, or sometimes even by abnormal growths in the jaws such as cysts or tumors.
Wisdom teeth are commonly impacted and seen growing sideways or in abnormal directions, unable to fully erupt into the mouth. Warning signs of impacted wisdom teeth include mild to severe pain at the back of the mouth, bad breath, redness and swelling of the gums at the back of the mouth, infection, an unusual foul taste, and other complications. Sometimes, the pain or swelling will feel like it is coming from deep in the lower jaw bone and some people feel an abnormal tingling sensation. If you have any of the above signs, it is important to have a check-up to see if your wisdom teeth are in a state of health or not.