Abscesses are among the many problems that can plague impacted wisdom teeth. Because those third molars are located at the back of the mouth, it’s very difficult to keep the vicinity clear of bacteria.
A wisdom tooth abscess will develop when an infection arises in the area between the tooth and the gums or if the infection reaches the tooth’s inner core. Abscesses in the wisdom teeth, as well as other teeth, are of particular concern because the bacteria can easily access the bloodstream and spread throughout the body, posing significant health risks for the patient.
Abscesses typically don’t resolve on their own. Prompt treatment is essential to prevent further negative outcomes for the patient’s oral health and overall well-being.
If an abscess is present in the wisdom tooth, the only course of treatment would be to extract the tooth. The wisdom teeth have minimal function for modern humans, so they can be removed without any impact to the smile’s appearance and function.
Many patients don’t want to wait for a problem like a wisdom tooth abscess or some other issue to occur before having their wisdom teeth removed. It is quite common for patients to choose to have their wisdom teeth extracted before they become symptomatic. This is actually the smart thing to do because
Wisdom tooth extraction is generally performed in an outpatient setting, and most patients resume their normal routines within a matter of days.
As with any oral surgery, there are some risks with wisdom tooth extraction, and patients should be sure to discuss any concerns with their oral surgeon in advance of the procedure. Patients should also work with their oral surgeon to develop a plan to reduce their risk of post-operative complications.
If you are showing signs of a wisdom tooth abscess, such as discomfort and swelling at the rear of the mouth, consult with Chicago’s dual degreed oral and maxillofacial surgeons at ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio to see when extraction is recommended.