What is a Impacted Wisdom Tooth?
Normally, an adult has 32 teeth. Wisdom teeth are the rearmost ones and, at the same time, they are the last erupting teeth. They typically erupt between the age of 17 and 25 years, but often they appear even later.
Wisdom teeth are represented by four molars: two in the upper teeth (right and left) and two the lower teeth.
Currently, many people have their jaws too small to accommodate all 32 teeth (this phenomenon is actually an evolution that has occurred over several decades). Consequently, if all the other teeth are present on the arch, there may not be enough room for the wisdom teeth anymore. This is why, in many cases, they do not erupt straight and appear on arches in unnatural positions. A wisdom tooth that cannot erupt properly can push the tooth next to it, causing misalignments and other dental problems; it is refers as “impacted wisdom tooth”.
Symptoms of an impacted wisdom tooth
The person will feel pain in the back of the oral cavity, behind the last molars. Sometimes, patients may notice that only part of the wisdom tooth has appeared. Usually, the area is inflamed, red and extremely painful to the touch. For some patients the pain is constant, while others may experience pain and discomfort only during mastication. There may also be difficulties in opening the mouth.
If it has been established that a wisdom tooth will not be able to erupt properly, most doctors will suggest extraction by wisdom teeth removal Colorado Springs experts.