Patient Resources Courtesy of Coast Dental Centre
Replace teeth for biting and chewing.
Help prevent teeth from shifting.
Are supported by crowns that can serve as restorations for neighbouring teeth that have damage or decay.
The tooth is sensitive to hot or cold.
The tooth hurts with biting or pressure.
There is throbbing, severe tooth pain.
You have a bad taste in your mouth.
A very painful infection, called pericoronitis, can affect a partially erupted wisdom tooth and the surrounding gums. This infection can spread into the face and jaw.
When a wisdom tooth tries to erupt at an angle, it can cause decay in the neighbouring tooth. This happens because wisdom teeth are nearly impossible to keep free of plaque, and the area between the two teeth becomes a trap for the bacteria in plaque that cause tooth decay. Additional bacteria in plaque cause periodontal (gum) disease, which may start near the wisdom teeth and spread throughout the mouth.
A fluid-filled sac called a cyst may develop around an impacted tooth. A cyst can destroy a great deal of bone in the jaw before it’s noticed.
If you have any questions, concerns, or you want to make an appointment, contact us today