Yes, most likely.
When there’s not enough space in your mouth for a wisdom tooth to come in, you might notice that only half or a sliver of that tooth pokes its head through. What can happen is that the other half of the tooth remains covered by your gums. If bacteria get in there, then it’s almost impossible for you to clean it. That’s when bacteria can cause an infection and an abscess around the tooth.
It’s essential to reach out to your Alderley dentist at the first signs of trouble—tooth sensitivity or swollen gums at the back of the mouth. Timely intervention may save you pain and a dental emergency.
Signs Your Wisdom Tooth Is Infected
You can get a bad taste in the mouth and swelling in the area, making it difficult to open and close your mouth. Most people come to us when they have that deep pain in the jaw, and the tooth will need to come out straight away.
Wisdom tooth extraction in Alderley is meticulously planned and image-guided through x-ray for a straightforward and easier procedure for you. Your dentist will first discuss all options with you and answer any questions that you may have about the process.
How We Treat an Infected Wisdom Tooth
We will begin by taking x-rays of the area to determine the cause of the pain and the presence of infection. Then, if an extraction is necessary, one of our dentists will gently numb the area, remove the troublesome tooth, provide you with aftercare instructions and arrange a follow-up visit to promote excellent healing.
Instructions typically include soft foods for the first day following tooth removal and recommendations not to drink through a straw or use tobacco. You may have slight swelling following extraction, but your dentist can recommend an over-the-counter medication to help with this initial discomfort.
We Encourage You to Contact Your Brisbane Dentist
For more information about wisdom teeth in the Brisbane area, we welcome you to get in touch with Alderley Dental. We treat patients on an emergency basis quickly and make the best recommendations for your comfort and oral health.