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(Unemerged Tooth; Dental Impaction)
|Wisdom Teeth (Third Molars)|
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- Poor orthodontic treatment
- Pain or tenderness of the gums or jaw bone
- Unpleasant taste when biting down
- Bad breath
- Redness and swelling of the gums around the impacted tooth
- Prolonged, unexplained headache or jaw ache
- Difficulty opening your mouth
- A visual examination to look for signs of infection or swelling
- Dental x-rays to confirm tooth impaction
- Over-the-counter pain relievers to ease pain and swelling
- Gargling with warm salt water to soothe gums
The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons http://www.aaoms.org
The American Dental Association http://www.mouthhealthy.org
Canadian Dental Association http://www.cda-adc.ca
Canadian Dental Hygienists Association http://www.cdha.ca
Center for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Exposure and bracketing of an impacted tooth. Center for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery website. Available at: http://www.cfoams.org/oral%5Fsurgery%5Fmadison/impacted%5Fcanines.html. Accessed October 29, 2013.
Impacted tooth. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us. Updated August 26, 2013. Accessed October 29, 2013.
Wisdom teeth. American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons website. Available at: http://www.aaoms.org/conditions-and-treatments/wisdom-teeth. Accessed July 27, 2011.
Wisdom teeth. American Dental Association Mouth Healthy website. Available at: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/w/wisdom-teeth. Accessed October 29, 2013.
When to remove wisdom teeth. Academy of General Dentistry Know Your Teeth website. Available at: http://www.agd.org/patient-resources.aspx. Updated January 2012. Accessed October 29, 2013.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 09/2013
- Update Date: 09/30/2013