Most trips to an emergency dentist can be attributed to a misstep, an accident involving blunt trauma to the face, or a lost tooth (or a piece of one). But every so often, wisdom teeth pain can be an indication of a severe problem resulting in a trip to an emergency dentist.
Your wisdom teeth are your third set of molars that erupt around your late teens or early twenties. If left alone, wisdom teeth usually result in spacing problems, which is why they so often need to be removed. It’s not always clear whether they need to be removed, so if you’re unsure, check this out to help you determine whether your wisdom teeth will require extraction. Certainly, if they are causing you pain they should be removed, but in some cases you can’t wait until your next dental appointment. Below are some of the most common problems causing wisdom teeth pain that may lead you to an emergency dentist:
When there isn’t enough room for your wisdom teeth to grow in, this can sometimes lead to them becoming inflamed or infected. This can be the cause of some severe wisdom tooth pain and swelling, a bad smell or taste in your mouth, and maybe even swelling of your face. If this happens, make sure you call your dentist immediately, as untreated perisoronitis can lead to further health risks.
When your wisdom teeth erupt in your late teens or early twenties, there’s often not enough space, which can lead to alignment issues with your teeth and jaw. However, some people’s wisdom teeth never erupt, which causes impacting and leads to problems with your gums and other teeth. If left untreated, this can cause wisdom teeth pain along with a host of other problems. An emergency dentist can certainly treat this, but it’s better to catch this before it becomes an issue.
Sometimes, a visit to the emergency dentist due to wisdom teeth pain takes place after they have been removed. Once wisdom teeth are removed, they typically heal normally, but 2 to 5 percent of people will develop a dry socket. A dry socket is when the blood clot that normally covers the nerve becomes dislodged or dissolved. This leaves the nerve and bone exposed to food, air and anything else in your mouth, and can cause tremendous pain. If you have a dry socket, you should see a dentist immediately.
Wisdom teeth pain can be extremely uncomfortable, painful and inconvenient. For this reason, it’s a good idea to have the phone number of an emergency dentist handy. You never know when a dental emergency will strike, so it’s best to be prepared!