When wisdom teeth come erupt or come into the mouth it can cause pain and other problems. There are four wisdom teeth which are also called the third morals. The first wisdom teeth generally erupt when adults reach the age of seventeen while the last one erupts around the age of twenty-five. Wisdom teeth often do not develop normally because there is not enough space. This condition is common to happen although some people may not get apparent problems. If the impacted wisdom teeth cause gums infection, severe pain, and other dental problems, you should seek a medical help. There are several treatments suggested by dentists. For less severe problems, they might just prescribe oral drugs for the patients. However, surgery might be performed for serious dental complications. The surgery aims to remove the impacted wisdom teeth so they don’t cause problems in the future.
As explained above, wisdom teeth that get trapped or impacted do not always cause problems. However, they can get infected by germs or bacteria caused by foods. Wisdom teeth infection causes some symptoms. The most common one is the gums get red and swollen, and bleeding. You are also likely to get jaw pain so it will be difficult to open your mouth. There will be also unpleasant taste in the mouth. Although these symptoms are common, it does not mean that the impacted wisdom teeth do not cause further problems. As you feel the symptoms, that are the signs of infection, you should see a dentist.
If you do not visit a dentist, the infection can develop into more serious dental problems. The most common problem is damage to other teeth and other areas of the mouth. It happens because the impacted tooth pushes against the other molars. The wisdom tooth can also cause a cyst that is formed by a sac developed within the jawbone. There is also a chance of a tumor although it is rare. Other problems that might happen are teeth decay and gum disease. The aforementioned problems occur because the difficulty in cleaning the impacted teeth. When they are not cleaned, bacteria will develop rapidly.
Dentists will examine your teeth and mouth to diagnose the problem. If the problem is not very serious, for example it is just a single tooth infection causing usual swollen gums; they usually will give you antibiotics and pain reliever. The antibiotics help to kill the bacteria while the pain reliever will alleviate the pain. Soon as the tooth completely emerges, the pain will disappear. The dentists may also suggest you some helpful home remedies such as putting an ice cube on your gums.
In some severe conditions, however, your dentist will suggest wisdom teeth removal. In other words, you need to see an oral surgeon recommended by your dentist to perform a surgery. A surgery of wisdom teeth removal is required in some conditions like periodontal disease, tooth decay, tumors, and cysts. You don’t need to be worried about the surgery as it is an outpatient procedure or a small surgery that you only need to stay for a day in the hospital.