Wisdom Tooth Pain
Wisdom tooth pain and discomfort are extremely common among people whose wisdom teeth are beginning to erupt. However, the reasons for the pain can often be far from normal. In many cases, it could require immediate treatment by an emergency dentist.
At Frederick Street Dental Care, we offer Dental Emergency Service available 7 days a week.
Wisdom tooth pain FAQ’s
When the wisdom teeth grow crookedly then they can develop into impacted wisdom teeth, patients can experience a lot of pain and discomfort in the surrounding area and find that their other teeth are also placed in jeopardy. For this reason, individuals are urged to seek treatment from an emergency dentist as soon as wisdom tooth pain begins.
Wisdom teeth can become infected when the eruption of the wisdom tooth is blocked by the tooth in front of it or when food and plaque trap between the wisdom tooth and its overlying gum. Sometimes, patients feel intense pain and need to seek emergency dental treatment as soon as possible.
You should make an appointment to see your dentist if your wisdom teeth are causing severe pain. Your dentist will check your teeth and advise you whether they need to be removed. As with any teeth problems, it’s important to see your dentist as soon as possible, rather than waiting for your regular dental check-up. The removal of wisdom teeth, or third molars, is one of the most common surgical procedures carried out in the UK. Your wisdom teeth don’t usually need to be removed if they are impacted but aren’t causing any problems. This is because there is proven benefit of doing this and it carries the risk of complications. Sometimes, wisdom teeth that have become impacted or haven’t fully broken through the surface of the gum can cause dental problems. Food and bacteria can get trapped around the edge of the wisdom teeth, causing a build-up of plaque, which can lead to:
- Tooth decay (dental caries)
- Gum disease (also called gingivitis or periodontal disease)
- Cellulitis – a bacterial infection in the cheek, tongue or throat
- Pericoronitis – when plaque causes an infection of the soft tissue that surrounds the tooth.
- Abscess – a collection of pus in your wisdom teeth or the surrounding tissue as a result of a bacterial infection.
- Cysts and benign growths – very rarely, a wisdom tooth that hasn’t cut through the gum develops a cyst (a fluid-filled swelling)
- Many of these problems can be treated with antibiotics and antiseptic mouthwash. Wisdom teeth removal is usually recommended when other treatments haven’t worked.
Initially, call your own regular dentist as they may have emergency slots and /or advice available. You can also call your Local Emergency Dentist. If you are experiencing difficulty getting an appointment, you can always call us on 0131 629 1158 or Email us to book an emergency consultation with one of our experienced dentists.
Have a dental emergency? Frederick Street Dental Care offers same-day treatments. Whether you are already a patient of ours or you are looking for an emergency dentist, we are here and always welcome you. Call us immediately and we will schedule an emergency appointment for you.
Frederick Street Dental Care has increased morning and evening hours of operation to help our patients with general availability and weekend emergency dental care. We are now open 7 days a week. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, call 0131 629 1158 or book an appointment and get the treatment necessary as soon as possible.