Some people never have problems with their wisdom teeth, the last erupting molars, but many people do, ranging from mild to serious. Wisdom teeth often have too little space to emerge without crowding other teeth, and frequently erupt in abnormal directions, such as forwards or sideways. Risks of tooth decay, gum disease, and other problems increase, and pain can result in all of these cases. Here is more about the causes of wisdom teeth pain and how the problem can be eliminated at our office in Houston.
Even with properly erupted wisdom teeth, the challenge of keeping the rearmost molars clean can be a difficult one. Food left there can be consumed by cavity-causing bacteria. When wisdom teeth are crowding adjacent molars, crannies may be created, allowing food particles and bacteria to collect. Wisdom tooth pain associated with cavities points to an infected tooth, which is a dental emergency.
Just as wisdom teeth raise a risk of cavities, they also boost the risk of gum disease. From the earliest stages of gum disease onward, the gums may become tender, especially when the teeth are brushed or flossed. Eventually, pain may become severe if a serious infection develops.
Pericoronitis involves swelling and inflammation of the gums surrounding incompletely erupted wisdom teeth. This situation creates spaces where food and bacteria can collect. In combination with abrasion against the swollen area of gum tissue, the infection can become more painful as well as serious.
Solution to Pain in Wisdom Teeth
Some causes of wisdom teeth pain may be transient, such as pericoronitis. Others, such as tooth decay, are likely to be chronic problems. However, once the wisdom teeth begin to solve problems, those issues are likely to return, even if they disappear temporarily. For these chronic complications, extraction offers a permanent, dependable solution.
Wisdom tooth pain should never be ignored. If an infection worsens and enters the blood stream, a systemic infection could occur and require hospitalization. Furthermore, having problematic wisdom teeth extracted can improve long-term comfort and potentially reduce dental costs. You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Nazari at our Houston office to learn more about how wisdom teeth can cause pain and how extraction is performed.
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