An impacted wisdom tooth can temporarily change the way you look at life. It’s a painful experience that only gets worse the longer you let it go on. The best method is to treat it as soon as you know something is wrong, but the symptoms may not always be clear. However, since those symptoms do change the way you eat and maintain your oral hygiene schedule, it’s important to recognize them and deal with them immediately.
Having a tender jaw doesn’t necessarily mean that your wisdom teeth are impacted, but it does mean you should keep an eye on the area. Since wisdom teeth don’t start coming out until you are well past the teething stage for all your other teeth, it can be hard to tell the difference between an emerging tooth and an impacted one. All you really know is that you are uncomfortable.
Like other emerging teeth, the wisdom teeth cause the gums around and above them to be a bit tender. This is normal and will cease once the wisdom tooth breaks through the gums. However, there shouldn’t be any tenderness in the root area of the gum line because the roots are developing, but not so quickly as to cause pain in this area. Since an impacted tooth is an infected one, it can cause tenderness around the entire tooth and root.
Even if you have something as simple as an infected hangnail, it causes a sharp pain to soar through your body if you happen to bump that area. Your wisdom tooth is much the same way. Tender gums are normal, but sharp pains are not. If you feel a sharp pain where your wisdom tooth is, there is a good chance that you have an impacted wisdom tooth that needs to be treated with antibiotics and possibly an extraction.
Pain in Other Teeth
In many cases, the problem with the wisdom teeth is that they don’t come in straight. That means they push against other teeth, causing pain in those teeth. The infection comes on because the discomfort comes on slowly enough that you may not realize it, but may unknowingly avoid properly brushing or flossing in that area. The build up of bacteria in that area leads to an infection.
An impaction is sometimes coupled with a fever as the body tries to fight off the infection. If this happens to you, seek treatment immediately, before your immune system is compromised more than it already is. Your fever may be accompanied by some of the issues below.
- Tenderness in the jaw
- Sharp pains when eating
- Sharp pains when brushing or flossing
- Pressure in the back of the jaw
There are a variety of options when it comes to treating wisdom teeth. If you think you have impacted wisdom teeth, contact Riverside Oral Facial Surgery immediately to see about your treatment options. Call 706-235-5570 or visit the Riverside Oral Facial Surgery website today.