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    Impacted Wisdom Teeth

    Posted on October 19th, 2016 by Dr. Peter Tomaselli

    For many people, their last set of adult teeth appear much later in life. These are referred to as wisdom teeth, but sometimes they cause more problems than they solve. Your wisdom teeth are your third and last set of molars in your mouth. They usually appear in your late teens or early twenties, and, if properly aligned, can be a valuable asset to your mouth. However, more often than not wisdom teeth come in misaligned and in a horizontal position, which causes them to need to be removed. Wisdom teeth become impacted because they don’t have enough room in the mouth to develop normally. They can come in at a variety of angles depending on the alignment of your teeth. This can cause a host of problems that lead to their eventual removal. If you have impacted wisdom teeth call your dentist in Chicago Illinois. Save yourself pain, discomfort, and potential infection by getting them treated right away.


    Impacted wisdom teeth do not always cause negative symptoms, in fact some people can keep them without ever having an issue. However, in order to understand whether or not your impacted wisdom teeth need to be treated you should understand the symptoms. Here are just a few.
    • Oral infections
    • Red or inflamed gums
    • Tender or bleeding gums
    • Swelling around jaw
    • Bad breath
    • Difficulty opening mouth
    • Unpleasant taste in the mouth
    • Tooth decay
    • Cysts
    • Gum disease
    • Damage to other teeth
    Symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth are not always present, but that doesn’t necessarily mean there is nothing wrong. If left untreated some wisdom teeth can cause issues that will manifest later on down the road when they’re much more severe. Contact Chicago Smile Design, your dentist in Chicago Illinois, if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms behind your last molars. We will conduct an assessment, treat you, and get you on the road to recovery in no time!

    Next Steps

    At Chicago Smile Design we will consult with you on your unique situation. Not everyone's wisdom teeth experience is the same, which is why we try to understand and treat each patient with individually tailored care. Who knows, your situation may not even call for an extraction! But we want to make sure you are properly taken care of early on so you don’t face pain and more serious problems further on down the road. Let Chicago Smile Design be your dentist in Chicago Illinois. Call us today for a consultation on your wisdom teeth! Courtesy of Mayo Clinic

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