When older teens start to develop tooth pain in the back of their mouth, that’s often the sign wisdom teeth are coming in. It’s best to deal with them long before that happens, though. Also known as third molars, wisdom teeth are those that come in all the way in the back of the mouth, on the upper and lower jaws. While they are not always a problem, these teeth are typically not necessary and cause more discomfort than they are worth. That’s why you’ll often learn about the importance of getting rid of wisdom teeth.
Some people experience difficulty with wisdom teeth as they start to come in. They are often oddly positioned, which means when they emerge from the gums, they may push other teeth out of the way. They are also typically far back in the mouth. That leads to problems with properly cleaning and maintaining them. The result may be:
Sometimes people put off having their wisdom teeth removed. If these complications occur, it may lead to a wide range of problems, including infections and the need for emergency tooth removal. That’s more expensive, far more painful, and may create a risk for infection.
It’s not always necessary to have wisdom teeth removed. However, if you don’t want that to happen, there are a few things to keep in mind:
Wisdom teeth problems can occur over time. The most common reason for this is a lack of room in the back of your mouth to allow for the teeth to emerge properly. If you’re coming in for routine dental checkups, chances are good your dentist will spot concerns early on and make recommendations for removal or improvements. If your dentist sees any of the signs you need wisdom teeth removed, that’s the recommendation they’ll make. That includes improper alignment, a lack of room in the back of your mouth, or infections developing.
Possible complications from not removing wisdom teeth in these situations can include:
You’re ready to go to the dentist for help with wisdom teeth, but what can you do right now for the pain? First, make sure you’ve scheduled a consultation with your dentist to talk about your options. Then, follow their instructions to minimize pain and discomfort.
You can use alternating hot and cold presses to help ease the pain. Some people may find temporary relief from over-the-counter pain relief or numbing gels. You also use a warm salt water rinse to help remove the infection to reduce the discomfort. Finally, try using a clove compress or clove-based tooth oil placed onto the area. This can significantly reduce the pain for an extended length of time.
The sooner you act to get rid of your wisdom teeth, the more healing you’ll experience (and the less pain you’ll have to go through). To avoid it all, have them removed instead of dealing with them. Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most effective treatment options for long-term protection of your oral health. Contact us today to discuss your wisdom tooth pain and treatment options.