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Why Do Wisdom Teeth Become Impacted?

When it comes to wisdom teeth, there is a lot of confusion and misinformation. Some people think those wisdom teeth are always impacted, and others think they are always benign. The truth is, impacted wisdom teeth can cause all sorts of problems, and adjacent teeth can also be affected. 

Having your wisdom teeth removed is crucial to avoid other issues in the future for your mouth. Always take the suggestions you receive from your dentist to ensure you receive the proper care for your teeth. 

If you are experiencing pain or other issues with your wisdom teeth, it is essential to seek help from a qualified oral surgeon like the team at Rockwall Oral Surgery. Dr. Pollock will discuss impacted wisdom teeth in more detail and provide some helpful information for those dealing with this issue.

How Wisdom Teeth Become Impacted

Impacted wisdom teeth are a common problem. Wisdom teeth. Also known as third molars are the last teeth to come in, and they often become impacted when there isn’t enough space for them in the jaw. Years ago, the human jaw was more prominent, and there was space for wisdom teeth. Over the years, Wisdom teeth were no longer necessary, the size of the human jaw began to shrink. Leaving no space for the 32 adult teeth to fit in their mouth. A few of the most significant signs you have impacted wisdom teeth:

  • The wisdom teeth may become impacted because the teeth are blocked by bone or tissue.
  • The wisdom teeth may be growing at an angle or entirely sideways.

Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

The most common symptom of an impacted wisdom tooth is pain. The pressure can cause the pain that the wisdom tooth is putting on the adjacent teeth and other tissues in the mouth. Other symptoms include swelling, redness, and tenderness in the gums. Impacted wisdom teeth need to be removed to avoid infections or damage to your other teeth. If you notice you are having any pain or issues with your wisdom teeth, it is essential to schedule to get them removed. 

How Long Does Recovery Take From Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Most people recover two weeks after the procedure. It is essential to take it easy and get plenty of rest. We recommend that our patients maintain a diet of soft foods and follow their post-care instructions after surgery. After about a week, the swelling should go down, and jaw stiffness and soreness. 

The recovery process is a different time frame for everyone if they follow the instructions and rest. Recovery is one of the most critical steps to healing and ensuring your mouth gets the care it needs. You do not want to go through the procedure twice, so take the time to relax and recover while your mouth is healing. 

For more information about impacted wisdom teeth or to schedule your consultation, call Rockwall Oral Surgery at (469)757-4433 today. Why live in pain any longer when we can help you feel better.