One common procedure that late teens and early adults have done is the removal of their wisdom teeth. Since there is not enough room in the mouth for these teeth to come in, it is better off to remove them so that they do not damage your healthy adult teeth. However, it can be difficult to tell that these teeth are coming in, especially since they can be impacted.

Impacted wisdom teeth grow underneath the gum line, and can come in contact with other teeth if they are not removed. That is why it's important to visit your dentist so that the wisdom teeth can be removed. Here are some signs to look out for that will let you know you have impacted wisdom teeth.

1. Gum Issues

You'll want to take note of any gum problems that you're having, such as gums that have become inflamed, swollen, or red. The gums may not be causing pain at the moment, or they just have a tender sensation when touched. While it can be an indication that you have a problem with gum disease, at such a young age it's more likely that it's impacted wisdom teeth causing the issue.

You'll need to visit a dentist to have x-rays taken to determine exactly what is happening underneath your gums.

2. Bad Breath

Are you never quite able to get your breath smelling nice and fresh? This problem is a reason to be concerned, since it can be caused by impacted teeth. Bad breath is more likely to happen with a wisdom tooth that has become partially erupted through the gum line, so you'll actually be able to see it. Food is getting trapped in the place where the wisdom tooth is exposed, causing that issue with mouth odors that you can't seem to get rid of. 

3. Jaw Discomfort

If you start feeling serious discomfort in your jaw, it means that the impacted wisdom tooth has started coming in contact with other teeth. While pain medication can help buy some time until you can visit a dentist, it is likely that you'll need to have the tooth surgically removed. Your dentist can confirm that the discomfort is caused by an impacted tooth, and then schedule a second appointment for the extraction. Thankfully, it is a easy procedure that can have you feeling normal very soon.

For more information, contact a dentist like Dr. Jon Douglas Lesan, DDS, RpH, PA