Do you wonder if the oral discomfort you’re suffering from is caused by your wisdom teeth? What are the signs of wisdom tooth pain, and what can you do to get relief?
Wisdom Tooth 101
Wisdom teeth are also referred to as third molars: Some basic information about them include:
- Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to develop.
- They grow at the back of the mouth behind the molars.
- There’s typically a set of wisdom teeth at the bottom and another set at the top.
- They often emerge between the ages of 17-25 years of age.
- Wisdom teeth often cause pain and complications with their arrival.
Wisdom tooth issues are quite common. In fact, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) states that nine out of ten people have at least one impacted tooth.
The Complications of Wisdom Teeth
As wisdom teeth appear, oftentimes there’s just not enough room for them to come in without causing negative side-effects. They can introduce a number of oral issues including:
- Misalignment and Overcrowding of Teeth
- Impacted Wisdom Teeth
- Infection and Decay
Signs of Wisdom Tooth Pain
- Some signs that you’re suffering from wisdom tooth pain include:
- Experiencing pain in the back of your mouth, behind the molars.
- Gums that are red, inflamed, or tender in areas where wisdom teeth have begun to poke through.
- Jaw pain and tenderness, oftentimes while chewing.
- Bad breath or a bad taste when you bite down on food.
- Cysts that form around the tooth.
If you think you may be experiencing wisdom tooth pain, the best plan of action is to visit your dentist and get the much needed help your smile deserves.
Taking Preventative Action
Just because you’re not experiencing any pain doesn’t automatically mean your oral health is problem-free. Whether you have obvious symptoms or not, it’s prudent to ask your dentist to periodically evaluate the presence and positioning of your wisdom teeth, and any potential issues they could cause.
If wisdom teeth do need to be removed, future complications can be greatly reduced, and healing times optimized when the procedure is carried out sooner than later. Contact us today at our North Bend dental office, and let your oral health benefit from our years of dental training and experience, including the treatment of wisdom teeth.
Have all of your wisdom teeth come in? How old were you when the first one came through?