What Are Impacted Wisdom Teeth?

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If you feel your wisdom teeth coming in, searching hilarious wisdom teeth removal videos on YouTube might seem like the best first step. As fun as these videos are, it’s important to understand the facts. 

Wisdom teeth are typically the last of your teeth to emerge, and they will tend to appear in your late teens or early twenties. They’re considered to be impacted when they don’t have enough room to grow properly.

Common symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth include jaw pain, bad breath, and swelling of the gums. It’s important that you take these symptoms seriously as ignoring your impacted wisdom teeth could lead to other dental problems.


If the impacted wisdom teeth continue to grow incorrectly, they may crash into your other teeth. This crowding could lead to tooth decay, especially in areas where it is hard to brush. If your wisdom teeth have damaged your gums, bacteria could get trapped in openings leading to gum infections.


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Though these problems seem scary, it’s important that you keep in mind that there are possible treatments. For short-term pain relief, try gargling a mixture of warm salt water or taking ibuprofen. In the long-term, removal of the impacted wisdom teeth may become necessary.


It’s nerve-wracking to think about surgery, especially when considering how eager people are to share removal horror stories. Even so, rest assured that wisdom tooth extraction is a well-understood process and is often considered a rite of passage for young people.


Please contact us if you need to set up an appointment regarding your wisdom teeth. We would be happy to answer your questions and help you understand your best course of action.