Most people have four wisdom teeth, two in the upper and two in the lower jaw. It is not uncommon for these teeth to become impacted. This is when the tooth doesn't grow through the gum into the mouth or only grows part way through and is in an abnormal position. Impacted wisdom teeth can be painful and cause a variety of problems including infection. Symptoms of wisdom tooth infection include:
- Reddened, inflamed gums alongside the wisdom tooth
- Pus from the gum line
- Difficulties with opening your mouth and swallowing
The best course of action for problematic wisdom teeth is to have them removed. Many people worry about the pain of having a wisdom tooth extracted. Your dentist will discuss pain relief options which vary between a simple local anaesthetic, through to sedation. You'll also be prescribed pain relief to help with any pain after the procedure.
If you have any of these symptoms, or are concerned about your wisdom teeth, contact us for an appointment.