5 Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth


The role of wisdom teeth in our modern society has become less important to our survival compared to our early ancestors who used them to chew through tough foods. We don’t really need our wisdom teeth to break or chew our food now because we have utensils for that. Even though we don’t need our wisdom teeth that doesn’t mean we need to get them extracted unless they become impacted.

What are Impacted Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are four molars that develop around the age of 17 to 25 and are the last of the 32 teeth to grow. When wisdom teeth are trying to erupt (breaking through the gums) and are not able to they can become impacted. This can be caused by another tooth blocking the way, too many teeth, a small jaw or a displaced tooth.

4 Common Types of Impacted Wisdom Teeth


  1. Mesial Impaction –  When a wisdom tooth is slanted so that it’s pointing towards the other molars. Sometimes it will push against the other teeth causing pain.
  2. Vertical Impaction – The tooth is erupting in a normal, vertical fashion.
  3. Distal Impaction – The tooth is slanted so that it’s pointing towards the back of the mouth.
  4. Horizontal Impaction – Completely covered by the gums, the tooth is laying on its side and pointing towards the other molars.

5 Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

When wisdom teeth do not erupt properly it can result in an impaction, which can cause painful symptoms. Sometimes people don’t even know they have an impaction until they visit their dentist. Look out for these five main signs that comes with having impacted wisdom teeth.

  1. Swollen gums in the back of the mouth
  2. Tender or bleeding gums 
  3. Jaw pain
  4. Swelling around the jaw
  5. Headache

Do You Need Your Wisdom Teeth Extracted?

When your wisdom teeth are developing it sometimes can be very painful depending on if you have complications. If you have a small jaw then it’s more likely that there won’t be enough room for your wisdom teeth to fit. This would result in having to get your wisdom teeth extracted because it can cause overcrowding and painful impactions. If you don’t have any complications you most likely will not need an extraction and will be able to keep your wisdom teeth.

If you are in the area and would like to make an appointment with a dentist call us at 912-353-9533 or go to our website, Savannah Dental Centre, also, check out our Facebook @CohenDental to see what’s going on in our neck of the woods.



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