Guide to Wisdom Teeth

jaw pain from wisdom toothMany pains can be experienced in life but there aren’t many that can compete with oral pain; not only can it be expensive, it can also cause huge discomfort which then leads to a lack of appetite and sleep. There are many different causes of pain in the mouth ranging from a fracture or abscess to tooth decay, but one of the hardest to locate is wisdom tooth pain. With this in mind, how do you know if you are experiencing pain as a result of your wisdom teeth?

Wisdom Teeth Pain

Wisdom teeth can be extremely frustrating because they can be found at the top and bottom of the mouth and as they make themselves known, they often come in slanted or misaligned. Of course, this will cause overcrowding and can affect all your other teeth but the main problem comes when the pain strikes.

 In terms of location, your wisdom teeth are located behind the molars at the back of your mouth. The best way to detect if your wisdom teeth are pushing through is to check in the mirror, you should see a breakage in the gum and the beginning of new teeth. Surprisingly, some people cannot see the teeth at all so this shouldn’t be relied upon. Instead, check the area for redness or see if it is tender to the touch. If any of these symptoms are experienced, it is likely that your wisdom tooth is about to make a grand entrance.

The pain is often noted with wisdom teeth and whilst some people experience constant pain, others may only suffer when eating or touching the area. If either is the case for you, the dentist will normally advise wisdom teeth removal before the pain becomes too severe.

Impaction

With wisdom teeth, you need to be ready for all situations and this includes impaction. Sometimes, the jaw bone or other teeth can prevent the wisdom tooth from breaking through and these need to be dealt with early as they become harder to remove over time. If you leave it too long, the surgery can actually cause permanent damage to other teeth and bones. Although impacted wisdom teeth should never be left, normal cases should also be dealt with quickly too as the open wound can cause infection which will spread the problem further than your oral health.

Tenderness and jaw pain are the main two symptoms of an impacted wisdom tooth but bad breath/taste, swelling, and redness can also be experienced. In any scenario, a trip to your dentist is always going to be the best solution because the longer you leave it, the more vulnerable you become to cysts and even tumours. Both of the aforementioned problems will cause long-term damage not only to your teeth, to your jaw bone too. For this reason, you should make an appointment with your dentist if you experience any of the above; surely it’s better to be safe than sorry?

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