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What should I do if I have pain in my wisdom teeth?

If there’s no pain

You should still see a dentist for regular check-ups and x-rays on your developing wisdom teeth. Not all wisdom teeth are bad or have to be removed, but it’s critical that you get them assessed to understand what’s going on with them.

As soon as the pain starts

If you don’t have these check-ups, then you’re only going to know about them when they cause a problem – pain is the first sign of an infection. To start, they can get quite sore towards the back of your mouth, top or bottom, and make it difficult to open and close it. 

Radiating pain

You’ll notice significant radiating pain coming from the back of your mouth and jaw. It might start as a mild ache, building intensity over time. This can come and go or be constant pain that can last for two to three weeks, sometimes longer.

“I can’t even think” pain

Eventually, the pain will develop into a shocking, throbbing pain. This can happen overnight or even within a few hours. If the wisdom tooth that’s coming through doesn’t have enough space, a little pocket can grow over it and bacteria can get trapped, causing an infection and severe pain.

Bad taste

This is another sign of infection, which builds up, then releases and drains from the tooth into your mouth. The infection hasn’t gone, though. Episodes of this will continue until the source of infection – the wisdom tooth – is removed.

If it isn’t, then it gives the infection a chance to come back. It can get quite severe and cause significant problems for some people, as the infection can drain to other places such as the neck, causing difficulty breathing or swallowing, or under the eye area. That can be quite an issue.

Strange smell

The infection is accumulating in your mouth.

Headaches and earaches

When you have bad enough wisdom tooth pain, it can radiate into your head and feel like a headache or travel up to your ear.

Fever

As with any infection, it has the possibility of causing fever.

Every Patient Is an Individual

Some people ask whether they can potentially avoid or lessen surgery costs by having their wisdom teeth taken out early.

This could happen, to some degree, but importantly, the assessment and position of the wisdom tooth will dictate whether we start talking about surgery.

When a Wisdom Tooth Looks Troublesome

If you leave it untreated, it can cause decay on the other teeth and more serious problems.

Unsure Whether Your Wisdom Tooth Needs to Come Out?

Call Alderley Dental at our practice on Brisbane’s northside to discuss your situation. Call our office on (07) 3856 2144 today.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.