Wisdom Tooth PainWisdom Teeth
At any age, teething is painful, but wisdom tooth pain can be especially uncomfortable. Unlike regular teething, the pain associated with wisdom teeth coming through can be caused by a range of problems within the tooth or your jawbone. That’s why it’s important to understand why your wisdom teeth are causing you pain and also why it’s essential to your health to have treatment for wisdom tooth pain.
Why am I in pain?
Often when wisdom teeth come through, they cause problems for the rest of your teeth and mouth. Sometimes a wisdom tooth comes through at an angle and pushes into your gum or the tooth beside it, this is known as impaction. When on an angle, a wisdom tooth can’t help with chewing, which makes it useless and sometimes painful when eating. Not enough space in the jaw for wisdom teeth to come through beside existing teeth can also affect how a wisdom tooth takes its place in your jaw. Brushing and flossing these teeth can therefore be difficult, causing food and bacteria to become stuck between the wisdom tooth and the tooth next to it. This leads to tooth decay and painful gum infections.
Symptoms of wisdom teeth infection
Seeking treatment for a wisdom tooth infection is vital. Signs of gum infection caused by a wisdom tooth include:
- Red, inflamed gum near the wisdom tooth
- Pus coming from the gum
- Lymph glands under the jaw become swollen and sore
- Difficulty opening mouth and swallowing
Dangers of untreated wisdom teeth
Infections caused by wisdom teeth can be easily treated with antibiotics. However, the infection may keep coming back if the problem teeth are not removed. Also, people who have other health problems, including lower immunity, are more likely to have complications from these infections. Crowded wisdom teeth in the upper jaw often lean sideways and rub against your cheek, causing ulcers on the cheek and further chewing problems. Wisdom teeth may also push the other teeth closer together and affect your bite. If you’re suffering from wisdom tooth pain, book an appointment with the friendly team at Blue Tooth Dental to keep your teeth and gums healthy.