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Do Impacted Wisdom Teeth Cause Future Dental Problems?


Posted on 9/11/2023 by Ankur Johri
Do Impacted Wisdom Teeth Cause Future Dental Problems?Wisdom teeth are the final set of molars in the back of the oral cavity. These teeth frequently lack sufficient room for complete emergence or to align with neighboring teeth. They are known as impacted wisdom teeth when this happens. Do impacted wisdom teeth result in long-term dental issues?

Tooth Decay


Having impacted wisdom teeth can make it more challenging to groom and brush around them, which increases the possibility of dental decay and cavities. These teeth are more difficult to adequately clean because they are partially erupted, which makes plaque accumulation easier.

Discomfort


Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, irritation, and even migraines over the long term. The surrounding mouth and head regions may experience tension and irritation from the impacted teeth.

Misalignment


As they attempt to erupt, wisdom teeth may pressure other teeth. This pressure may cause the other teeth to crowd, shift, or be out of place, jeopardizing whatever previous orthodontic treatment you may have completed.

Infection


Wisdom teeth that are impacted might leave spaces where bacteria and food debris can collect. Bacteria thrive in this setting, resulting in gum infections known as pericoronitis and even more serious mouth infections and abscesses. These infections can bring pain, edema, and other symptoms of discomfort.

Cysts


In some situations, a fluid-filled sac inside the jawbone around an impacted tooth might develop into a cyst. If overlooked, these cysts can harm the nearby bone and teeth. On rare occasions, tumors may form and require removal via a surgical procedure.

Future dental issues from impacted wisdom teeth may include crowding, infections, and more. Following a dentist's advice regarding extracting impacted wisdom teeth and seeing them for routine checkups will assist in preserving excellent oral health and prevent potential problems in the future. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for you and your family.
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