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Hello! My name is Den. This blog is going to cover a range of dental topics. I am not a dentist or a dental nurse but I have recently undergone a lot of dental treatment. This treatment has given me a great insight into the world of dentistry and I would like to share everything I have learnt with you here. Last year, I developed terrible pain in my mouth. I was diagnosed with severe tooth decay. The dentist removed the problem teeth and then inserted false ones in their place. He also whitened my teeth to improve my smile. I hope you find my blog useful.


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Wisdom Teeth: Symptoms of an Impacted Tooth

by Myrtle Banks

Having to contend with issues with your oral health can adversely affect your overall well-being. One of the more common ailments you could develop as you are older is wisdom teeth that have become impacted. However, some individuals tend to ignore this problem assuming that once the tooth grows out their oral health will be back to normal. The reality is that leaving this issue unchecked can lead to debilitating pain and a host of other problems including infections. This is why it is essential to know how to spot the signs of an impacted wisdom tooth and have it extracted as soon as possible. Below are some of the symptoms that would indicate you are developing an impacted wisdom tooth.

Chronic pain at the back of your mouth

One of the surefire signs of an impacted wisdom tooth is immense pain at the back of your mouth. This will typically be a throbbing pain in one specific area. It should be noted that as the wisdom tooth becomes further impacted it could begin to affect adjacent teeth. This, in turn, results in the pain spreading in that part of your jaw. Taking pain killers would only deal with the symptoms and not remedy the problem so it would be best to see a dentist.

Tenderness in your gums

Another sign that you could be developing an impacted wisdom tooth is when your gums start becoming overly tender. You may begin to experience pain and discomfort during eating, brushing your teeth, flossing and more. In some cases, the gums may also begin to bleed. It should be noted that bleeding gums will make you susceptible to developing other oral conditions such as periodontitis or gingivitis, making it prudent to seek dental care as soon as you can.

Swelling in your jaw

One thing to note about swelling in your jaw is that it may not necessarily be accompanied by pain. This is why some people tend to ignore minor swelling under the assumption that it will go away on its own. The reality of the matter is that the jaw is swelling due to misalignment of the wisdom tooth. If this is not addressed in the early stages, it can lead to severe problems as the impacted wisdom tooth begins to affect the positioning of the other teeth in your jaw. Over time, you may also begin to experience difficulty when opening and closing our mouth.