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Wisdom teeth are strange creatures, they are not necessary for us to function, and if they are aligned properly, can sit in your mouth and not cause problems. But when they don’t, they can cause big problems. If they come in sideways, they can crowd surrounding teeth, throw off your bite or alignment, and can cause tooth decay and gum disease if they are not cleaned correctly or if they only partially erupt. They are by nature difficult to clean because they are situated so far back in the mouth, and are very difficult to floss.

You don’t want them pushing your other surrounding teeth around. If cysts develop around the wisdom teeth, they can hollow out the jaw and damage nerves. They can also wreak havoc with your sinuses, causing pressure, pain and congestion. Not only can they cause gum inflammation on the tissue, making the swelling hard to clean, the swollen gums can create pockets in between the teeth that encourages bacteria and cavities. How can you tell if you are having problems with your wisdom teeth? You may experience some of the following symptoms:

Signs and Symptoms:

 Pain or discomfort in the back of the mouth
 Tenderness near the molars
 Red, swollen gums at the back where the molars are
 A raw gum line in the back
 Infection
 Jaw pain or ache
 Misalignment of the surrounding teeth
 Bad breath and unpleasant taste when eating

What is an impacted wisdom tooth? If it is still inside the gum tissue or the jawbone, or only partially breaking through or erupting in the gums. When this happens, it allows bacteria to get through the opening, surround the tooth, and cause an infection. If this happens, it can cause jaw stiffness, pain, swelling, and illness. The best thing to do with a wisdom tooth that is causing problems is to remove it. Your dentist can evaluate your situation and discuss your options. If you have any signs or symptoms and would like to be seen, call Dakota Ridge Dental at 303.933.2420 today!