My wisdom teeth are causing me pain: do I have to do anything?

Here’s what you need to know about wisdom teeth causing you pain

Back in the day, thousands of years ago, the human jaw easily accommodated wisdom teeth. Human heads and jaws were bigger, and the diet was completely different.

For most people these days, wisdom teeth are an irritating inconvenience: a pain that won’t be ignored, and usually can’t be alleviated by over-the-counter painkillers.

Wisdom tooth pain and what you should do about it

Not everyone experiences pain when their wisdom teeth erupt. And some lucky people (less than 10% of the globe’s population) are born with no wisdom teeth.

If your jaw, gums and/or teeth hurt, it’s a good indication something is wrong. If over-the-counter painkillers don’t alleviate your symptoms, then you should visit a dentist.

Wisdom tooth pain is your body’s way of saying something is wrong and needs to be fixed. While you technically don’t have to do anything, removing wisdom teeth causing you pain is the best thing to do.

Wisdom tooth extraction, and why it’s the ideal solution for you

Firstly, it’ll get rid of that pain.

Secondly, your teeth won’t crowd together in an attempt to make room for wisdom teeth.

Thirdly, it minimises the risk of infection which an impacted wisdom tooth could cause.

What you need to know about wisdom teeth removal

Depending on the state of your wisdom teeth—and how many wisdom teeth you need removed— we will determine how the wisdom teeth are extracted.  Because not all wisdom teeth need to be extracted: you might just have wisdom teeth on one side of your mouth that are causing your problems.

When you visit Redlands Gentle Dental Care for a check-up, we can assess your oral health and take oral x-rays to determine which wisdom teeth need to be removed.

Pain isn’t the only reason your dentist may recommend extraction. Wisdom teeth can come through without pain but cause your other teeth to become crowded in order to make room. This causes hygiene problems, making it more difficult to clean your teeth thoroughly.

Will I need to go to the hospital for my wisdom tooth extraction?

If the procedure is straightforward, you shouldn’t require a hospital visit. The extraction should be easily carried out in the dental chair under local anaesthetic. If your wisdom teeth are impacted, this may require more extensive work best carried out in a hospital.

If you would like to know more information about wisdom teeth or to book an appointment, please contact Redlands Gentle Dental Care.

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