Wisdom Tooth Pain: Are Your Wisdom Teeth Causing You Bother?
Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
Unfortunately, for many teens and adults across the UK, wisdom teeth can cause a lot of pain and discomfort to every day life.
If you’re one the unlucky souls experiencing wisdom tooth pain, you should make an appointment with your dentist to get the issue solved quickly and effectively.
Upon booking an consultation with the Brite Dental team for any wisdom tooth pain you are experiencing, your appointed dentist will check the condition of your wisdom teeth and advise you on the best course of action to get the problem solved.
In most cases, a quick X-ray of your mouth will give a clear idea of which wisdom teeth need to be removed and which teeth can be attended to with more everyday remedies, like antibacterial mouthwashes and advanced teeth and gum cleaning.
To find out more about wisdom tooth extraction and the common issues that wisdom teeth can cause, please read the helpful information laid out below.
Wisdom teeth don’t always cause problems, as sometimes there will be enough space for them to come through in a convenient position.
However, for many, wisdom teeth can cause a lot of discomfort and they can cause severe dental problems further down the line. If a wisdom tooth is impacted and hasn’t fully broken through the gum, more serious complaints can fester. These include
Pericoronitis (wisdom tooth infection)
Severe gum pain
In more extreme cases, a problematic wisdom tooth can trigger bacterial infections of the tongue, throat or cheek, while abscesses can form due to infection. In the rare case that a wisdom tooth hasn’t properly broken through the gum, cysts can form.
Avoid these painful risks by going for a regular dental check ups or contacting your dentist if any pain or swelling becomes apparent.
If you experiencing wisdom tooth pain, there are a few at-home steps you can take to minmise the discomfort.
Rinsing your mouth with warm water and a teaspoonful of salt will help ease gum soreness and inflammation. Rinsing with salt water several times a day will help target areas you cannot reach with your toothbrush.
To relieve pain you can also take paracetamol or ibuprofen if you feel this is necessary.
However, if the pain is on-going and only getting worse, it is highly recommended that you speak to your dentist and have the issue of wisdom tooth pain dealt with by a professional. One common treatment for alleviating wisdom tooth pain is wisdom tooth extraction.
Wisdom tooth extraction is a very common procedure that does not pose any significant health or safety risks. It is the process of removing the wisdom tooth (or teeth) that are causing you pain, freeing up space in your mouth for all of your teeth to sit comfortably and in-line with one another.
In most instances of wisdom tooth extraction, your dentist will apply a local anaesthetic before moving on to the procedure itself.
If you’re having multiple or all your wisdom teeth removed, your dentist may use a stronger anaesthetic to ensure as little discomfort as possible during the procedure. For more anxious and nervous patients a sedative can be used to relax you.
Often, a small cut needs to be made into the gum tissue itself, freeing up the problem wisdom teeth for extraction. Particularly troublesome teeth may need to be broken up in to smaller pieces to ensure a total extraction.
Rest assured that your Brite Dental dentist will handle this procedure with as much care as possible and the long-term relieve will far outweigh any short term pain or fear.
Although many patients are reluctant to turn to their dentist for wisdom tooth extraction, the procedure is essential for ensuring optimum dental health.
When trapped or impacted teeth are removed, you’ll be able to chew more easily and alleviate yourself of the swelling and discomfort caused by erupting teeth.
What’s more, when wisdom teeth are left unchecked, they can damage the teeth immediately around them. These changes to your molars can become more noticeable over time and can lead to even more costly cosmetic procedures down the line.
If you’re suffering from on-going wisdom tooth pain, get in touch with the Brite Dental team today to discuss your options and book an appointment with our first-class clinical team.