Your wisdom teeth are the third set of molars in the back of your mouth. They develop in your jawbone and for most people, eventually breaking through the gums. This is the last of your final adult teeth to come in, typically between the ages of 17 to 25. They are not useful, which is why extraction is standard.
If there is enough room in your mouth and your wisdom teeth grow straight, you may not even notice them. However, if there is not enough room, you may experience irritation, inflammation, and intense pain.
Some of the signs that your wisdom teeth are causing problems include:
Swollen, tender, bleeding, red gums
Swelling of the jaw
Difficulty opening your mouth
Bad taste in your mouth
When is it an emergency?
If your wisdom teeth are not giving you any problems, it is not a dental emergency. Just make an appointment to be examined and determine if they need to be removed. On the other hand, if your wisdom teeth are "impacted" or have failed to grow in properly, this is considered a dental emergency.
One of the signs that your wisdom teeth are impacted is inflammation and/or discomfort around the tooth. When they don't fully erupt, food and bacteria can get trapped between the tooth and the gum, which causes discomfort- or pericoronitis. If not treated properly in a timely manner, it may become infected, which can be dangerous and even deadly.
After you have made an appointment with the dentist to have your wisdom teeth taken care of, there are some things you can do in the meantime to relieve the pain:
Aspirin (follow recommended dosage on label)
If you are in or near Basking Ridge, New Jersey, contact Dr. Konstantine Trichas for your dental emergencies. Our normal office hours are Monday and Tuesday 9 AM to 7 PM, Wednesday and Thursday 7 AM to 3 PM, and Friday 8 AM to 1 PM. However, we understand that dental emergencies can happen at any time, so we do have an emergency contact schedule for our patients so that we can treat your dental issues immediately. Call us at (732) 503-8914 to receive dental care as soon as possible for your wisdom tooth pain.