Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that emerge, usually during your late teens to early twenties. For some people, wisdom teeth emerge without any issues. For others, if there is inadequate space, wisdom teeth can cause problems as they are trying to protrude through the gums.
When there is inadequate space in the jaw, a wisdom tooth can become impacted. Symptoms that may arise usually result from the gum on top of the tooth becoming infected or swollen. Symptoms may include pain, swollen and bleeding gums, swelling around the jaw, bad breath, headache or jaw ache, and an unpleasant taste when eating. Some people experience stiffness of the jaw or swollen lymph nodes in the neck. If left untreated, it can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. In rare cases, impacted wisdom teeth can cause cysts and tumors.
Wisdom teeth extractions are a common dental procedure; many people have the surgery as teenagers or young adults. If you have anxiety, you may request laughing gas or oral sedation. We also offer IV sedation one Saturday a month with our oral surgeon. If you have any questions about wisdom teeth extractions, please contact us at (979) 543-2737.