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Broken Wisdom Tooth: Adverse Side Effects if Left Untreated

Wisdom teeth are the very last of your permanent teeth to come in, and they usually erupt in your late teens or early twenties. If you’re lucky, they grow in straight and healthy. Sometimes, these valuable assets can encounter trauma that will cause them to break. A broken molar isn’t something to ignore. You should seek immediate dental care before any further damage is done.

Infection and Decay

When it comes to a broken tooth, time is of the essence. A broken wisdom tooth left untreated can lead to many problems. Depending on the location of the break, it could leave a hole that makes the tooth more vulnerable to bacteria and decay.

Treatment Options

If you break a wisdom tooth, call your dentist immediately. Make an appointment for the tooth to be examined, an x-ray may be taken and the dentist will determine treatment options. Don’t wait until the pain is unbearable, or it may be too late to save the tooth.

If your tooth shows signs of an infection, you will be given antibiotics to clear it up before any work is done. Removal of the broken tooth may be one of the treatment options the dentist may recommend.

A broken wisdom tooth will cause more harm than good if left untreated.