If you’ve been experiencing pain as your wisdom teeth grow in along with a sore throat, these two issues may be related. The team at Living Oaks Dental wants to keep you informed about all of the complications related to wisdom teeth so you know what to look out for. Here are a few things you should know what it comes to wisdom teeth and sore throats:
Understanding The Basics About Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth are a natural part of our mouths. They are our third and final set of molars and unlike the rest of our teeth, wisdom teeth usually do not start to erupt until the ages of 17-25.
However, even though wisdom teeth are a natural part of our mouths and oral development, they can cause some serious oral health problems. Many people simply don’t have enough room in their mouths for their wisdom teeth to erupt properly. This is especially true of patients who have had orthodontic work in the past.
If there is not enough room for the wisdom teeth to emerge, they may only erupt partially. This is known as “impacted” wisdom teeth, which can cause many other complications.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth Can Become Infected And Cause A Sore Throat
If one of your wisdom teeth does not erupt fully, it may be prone to infection. Since impacted wisdom teeth are partially covered by a flap of gum tissue, it’s easy for food debris, bacteria, and plaque to become trapped near the tooth.
Over time, the bacteria will attack your gums and tooth, which can lead to an infection or “abscess”. This can result in a number of painful symptoms. Since wisdom teeth are very close to the rear of your mouth, a sore throat is very common when you have one or more infected wisdom teeth.
Other common symptoms of an impacted wisdom tooth include pain around your tooth and jaw, difficulty chewing and eating without pain, swelling of the face and jaw, pus in your mouth, and the presence of a foul smell or taste in your mouth.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction is The Best Way To Get Relief
If you have one or more impacted wisdom teeth, tooth extraction is often the best way to get relief from pain and prevent further complications. Dr. Brabston will numb your mouth, create a small incision in your gums, and thoroughly remove the problematic tooth. The area will then be cleaned, disinfected, and stitched shut to promote proper healing.
Have A Sore Throat Caused By a Wisdom Tooth? Book a Visit!
At Living Oaks Dental, Dr. Brabston has performed successful tooth extractions for hundreds of patients. To get relief from your pain and prevent any further complications, schedule a consultation at our office now. Give us a call at (251) 928-1645, or stop by our office at 506 N Section St, Fairhope, AL 36532 to get started.