Staying healthy is all about making wise decisions and keeping in tune with your body. Failure to do either of these things can cause people to get sick or deal with unpleasant consequences. While these life lessons prove true for any part of one’s body, they are certainly present when it comes to a person’s dental health.
Teeth are an item that people rarely think about until they experience some discomfort or pain. Then, the under-appreciation of healthy teeth is quickly realized. The good news is that many dental problems can be avoided by simply being aware of the problems that could exist and then taking regular action to counteract them. Such is the case for impacted wisdom teeth.
Impacted wisdom teeth are a very common occurrence that many teenagers and adults experience. Wisdom teeth are often referenced as “third molars,” and they are the last adult teeth to develop, usually appearing between ages 17 and 25. Often, there is not enough room in one’s mouth for these teeth, and the lack of space causes them to change the direction of their growth, which results in them becoming trapped, or impacted.
The good news is that these impacted teeth can be detected relatively quickly either through symptoms or dental X-rays. Common symptoms might include pain, redness or swelling around the gum line, sensitive or bleeding gums and/or a headache. Still, some people may have impacted wisdom teeth and experience no symptoms at all.
To monitor your dental health and ensure that your wisdom teeth are not impacted, it is encouraged to visit your dentist every 6 months for a dental checkup. Regular X-rays should be taken at your visits, and these will offer clear insight on whether your teeth are growing appropriately.
Put simply, healthy teeth make for a happier you. By visiting your dentist regularly, you’ll be well on your way to a stronger, better smile.
About the Author
Patrick Toms DMD is a full-service Gainesville, Georgia dentist. With certified IV sedation dentists on staff, Patrick Toms DMD is proud to offer a variety of dental procedures, such as wisdom teeth extraction, in the comfort of their own office.