Just when you think all the nuisance of growing new teeth is gone your body sometimes has a surprise for you. Usually between ages of 17 and 21 we start getting wisdom teeth, and unless there is enough room for them in your mouth, they can become impacted, and the process starts to get complicated.
An impacted tooth is a tooth that, due to the lack of room in your jaw, gets blocked as it is pushing through the gums into your mouth. They can present by swelling of the gums at the back of your mouth, difficulty in opening your jaw, pain when opening your mouth, bad breath, and a bad taste in the mouth.
In most cases, wisdom teeth are the ones that will get impacted, but there are cases of the cuspids and the bicuspids getting impacted as well. Impacted tooth can cause swelling, pain and infection of the gum tissue surrounding it. They can also cause permanent damage to surrounding teeth, bone and gums, and in extreme cases can lead to the creations of cysts and tumors.
Considering all the issues an impacted tooth can cause, it is not hard to realize why removal is the best option. Considering the usual placement of the tooth, the best way to remove it is by oral surgery.
They might be called the wisdom teeth, but if they are impacted, it is wise not to keep them, no matter how much you may dread the removal of any of your teeth.