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What you need to know about wisdom tooth pain Fairhope, AL

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are another name for any one of four third molars found in the permanent dentition. These teeth are the last or most posterior teeth in the dental arch. Although most people have wisdom teeth, it is possible for some or all of the third molars to never develop. It is possible for a person to have more than four wisdom teeth. In many individuals, the wisdom teeth aren't visible because they have become impacted (not normally erupted through the gums) under the gingival tissue.

Symptoms usually include:

  • Swelling of the gum in the back of your mouth

  • Difficulty opening your jaw

  • Bad breath

  • A bad taste in the mouth

  • Pain when you open your mouth

  • Pain when chewing or biting

Pain can occur for several days and then disappear. It can come back weeks or months later.

What You Need To Know About Wisdom Teeth Pain?

Wisdom teeth grow in at the back of the mouth, behind your molars. There is a set on the bottom as well as the top. Wisdom teeth often grow in crooked, sideways, or otherwise misaligned. As they grow in, they can push on other teeth, causing problems of overcrowding and misalignment for them as well. 

As the wisdom teeth come in, they can be very painful. You'll feel wisdom teeth pain at the back of your mouth, behind your molars. If you look into a mirror, you may even notice that your wisdom teeth have begun to poke through your gums. The area might also be red, enflamed and tender to the touch. Some people, however, don’t have any visible symptoms of wisdom teeth pain. 

Wisdom teeth pain can be constant for some people, while other people only experience pain and discomfort when chewing food or touching the area. Most dental professionals advise that wisdom teeth should be removed before wisdom teeth pain becomes an issue.

Whether you'll be having a wisdom tooth extraction or a tooth is being removed due to decay, feeling a little anxious about tooth extraction pain is understandable. Most tooth extractions at Sweet Water Dentistry take just a few minutes. To reduce tooth extraction pain, you'll receive local anesthesia to numb the tooth, jawbone and surrounding gums. 

Dr. Phillip Greer will begin by rocking the tooth back and forth, and then rotating it to widen the socket for easier extraction. Because your pain receptors have been numbed, you may sense a dull pressure, but you shouldn't feel any tooth extraction pain. When the tooth is fully detached, Dr. Greer will remove it and cover the exposed gum with a small piece of gauze.

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