Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Impacted wisdom teeth will cause pain, no doubt. Here are some typical symptoms that can point specifically to the condition of impacted wisdom teeth. The sooner one recognizes these symptoms, the better. Treatment can prevent these symptoms from worsening as the condition develops.

Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Symptom #1: Throbbing pain in the back of the mouth

You may notice pain radiating from the back of the mouth where your wisdom teeth and other molars are. As the condition develops, pain may spread to the rest of your mouth as those areas become effected.

Symptom #2: Swollen, tender and bleeding gums

Swollen, tender gums can always be a good reason to schedule a dental appointment. Impacted wisdom teeth can be one cause for bleeding, tender gums. Taken into account along with these other symptoms, it can be a useful clue.

Symptom #3: Swelling around the jaw

As this symptom worsens, it can become painful and even difficult to open your mouth.

Symptom #4: Swollen glands in the shoulder and neck

Impacted wisdom teeth are often accompanied by swollen glands in the shoulder and neck.

Symptom #5: Headaches

The temporomandibular joint connects the jaw and skull. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause headaches radiating from this joint to areas of the head and face.


If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and fear you may have impacted wisdom teeth, contact your dentist right away.