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What are symptoms of an impacted wisdom tooth?

Every patient is unique, but in general, wisdom teeth may be impacted and need to be removed when there is evidence of changes in the mouth such as:
  • pain
  • infection
  • cysts
  • tumors
  • damage to adjacent teeth
  • gum disease
  • tooth decay (if it is not possible or desirable to restore the tooth)

Your dentist or specialist may also recommend removal to prevent problems or for others reasons, such as when removal is part of an orthodontic, restorative or periodontal treatment plan.

The development of healthy wisdom teeth may not cause any symptoms. Even impacted wisdom teeth may be hard to detect without the help of your dentist. Therefore, it is important to watch out for the following symptoms of an impacted wisdom tooth:

  • jaw pain or stiffness
  • infected flaps of gum tissue that cover the impacted tooth
  • tooth decay
  • gum disease if the impacted wisdom tooth prevents proper cleaning of the back molars

Your dentist may need to remove your wisdom teeth if you experience any of these symptoms.

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