I’m in so much pain from my wisdom tooth – it’s unbearable. Is it infected?
Yes, most likely.
When there’s not enough space in your mouth for a wisdom tooth to come through, you might notice that only half 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 gets in there, then it’s almost impossible for the patient to clean it. That’s when bacteria can cause an infection and an abscess around the tooth.
The patient can get a bad taste in their mouth and swelling in the area, which may make it difficult to open and close their 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.
We will begin by taking x-rays of the area to determine the cause of the pain and presence of infection. If an extraction is necessary, one of our dentists will gently remove the troublesome tooth and provide you with aftercare instructions and arrange a follow-up visit to promote excellent healing.
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.