Not everyone is lucky enough to have wisdom teeth, but people who do will often need to have them removed. There are a number of uncomfortable and potentially dangerous side effects related to these third molars, which may appear anytime between ages 16 and 25 or so. One common symptom of impacted wisdom teeth is jaw pain — but that’s not the only sign those third molars need to go. Your oral surgeon in Chicago has more on jaw pain and other warning signs your wisdom teeth need to come out in this week’s blog post.
What Are the Symptoms of Problem Wisdom Teeth?
People often don’t realize their wisdom teeth are erupting right at first. The third molars may not cause any symptoms at all initially — but if there’s not enough room for the extra set of teeth to erupt (and there rarely is), a host of symptoms may develop due to impaction and infection.
Some of the most common warning signs of problematic wisdom teeth include…
- Jaw pain
- Ear pain
- Swollen gums
- Bad breath
- Tooth crowding
- Sensitive teeth
- Food getting caught in the back of the teeth
Why Do Wisdom Teeth Cause Jaw Pain?
You may not experience all of the listed symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth, but one of the most common side effects is jaw pain. Impaction means the teeth have become trapped beneath the gum line and cannot erupt properly. Infection in the area of the third molars can cause a throbbing pain that radiates through your jaw. Or, the teeth may have grown in sideways, placing pressure on the surrounding tooth roots. Additionally, impacted wisdom teeth can worsen jaw pain related to TMJ/TMD (temporomandibular joint dysfunction).
If you suspect your jaw pain is the result of impacted or infected wisdom teeth, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your dentist or oral surgeon. Professional attention is important for preventing the spread of infection throughout your body.
What Can I Expect from Wisdom Teeth Extraction?
If you need to have a wisdom tooth extraction, there’s no need to worry. Dr. Katabi and Dr. Smythe are your oral surgeons providing comfortable wisdom teeth removal in Chicago. We will determine the best method for removing your teeth based on your specific needs, including how the teeth have grown in and whether they need to be taken out in several pieces (most do).
Wisdom teeth removals are performed under local anesthesia. You won’t feel anything during the procedure, but you will need a couple days to rest and relax once you’re back home. Maintain a diet of soft foods at first, and take any medications we have prescribed as directed. Notify our office if swelling, bleeding, or discomfort worsen or do not improve after several days.
Questions? Talk to Us Today!
Do you have questions about an upcoming wisdom tooth extraction? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Armitage Oral Surgery. Request an appointment online today!