A partially erupted wisdom tooth is difficult to ignore because it will give you a variety of signs — a foul taste, pain, and more — that you need to see a dentist right away. Call your family dentist and explain the symptoms that you're facing. Even if you don't know for sure what is going on, the description of the symptoms will be enough for your dentist to encourage you to visit the clinic promptly. However, if you ignore this dental issue, you're likely going to be faced with a variety of complications. Here are some unwanted things that you may face upon ignoring a partially erupted wisdom tooth.
One issue that is likely to occur when you don't promptly deal with a partially erupted wisdom tooth is a cavity, followed by tooth decay. Their location inside of your mouth can make partially erupted wisdom teeth difficult to clean. For example, just a small percentage of a wisdom tooth may come through your gum behind your back molar, where it's very challenging to reach with your toothbrush. Unfortunately, tartar can quickly grow on the exposed tooth enamel, leading to a serious amount of tooth decay.
The tartar that will inevitably build up around your partially erupted wisdom tooth because of your difficulties with brushing and flossing around it can also lead to gum disease. The gum disease can spread, so what was once a contained issue quickly becomes something that affects the gums around several of your teeth. Gum disease is a risk to your overall dental health because of how it can eventually lead to bone loss and the loosening and subsequent loss of teeth. Gum disease can be difficult to ignore, given the bleeding that is common when you brush and floss.
Dentists commonly pull patients' wisdom teeth so that they don't crowd the mouth. If you have a partially erupted wisdom tooth to which you don't pay attention, it can push on the molar in front of it and start to move your teeth. If you have relatively straight teeth — perhaps from having braces or maybe just naturally — the movement that the wisdom tooth causes can eventually start to cause your teeth to get crowded. One tooth may overlap another, for example, while another may get pushed out of alignment. Should you notice any indicators of an impacted wisdom tooth, getting to the dentist promptly will avoid the above complications.
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