A toothache is never fun, but the pain and discomfort associated with a wisdom tooth can be far more complicated than mere sensitivity. Whenever abnormalities involving the wisdom teeth can be identified, the teeth should be removed before pain or discomfort becomes a problem. Waiting until the painful symptoms become unbearable can sometimes pose an unnecessary and inconvenient health risk. In addition, at that point, significant damage to surrounding bone and neighboring teeth can already have occurred that is beyond repair.
Patients who are experiencing even mild wisdom teeth pain in Chicago should immediately contact the office of Dr. Steven Koos DDS, MD experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon, at once for a proper diagnosis and treatment recommendation. With the assistance of sophisticated 3D medical digital imaging and a clinical examination, troublesome third molars (wisdom teeth) can be identified and safely removed before damage and abscess occurs.
Waiting until the painful symptoms become unbearable can sometimes pose an unnecessary and inconvenient health risk.
For many patients, it can be helpful to be familiar with the signs and symptoms of a problematic third molar. These teeth are located in the very rear of the mouth, and are often only partially visible to the naked eye. They may be partly or completely concealed by the gum tissue and jaw bone, and may be unable to develop properly due to the size and shape of the jawbone.
Wisdom tooth pain sometimes occurs when the tooth is unable to move into its proper position. You may notice jaw pain, pressure, or throbbing radiating from the ear and extending towards the chin. Recurrent headaches in the temple region, as well as pain in front of the ear can also be directly related to impacted wisdom teeth. In some cases, patients are unable to determine if the pain is originating from the upper or lower jaw, due to its sometimes inconsistent nature.
Even wisdom teeth that have moved into position can present a problem since they are often difficult to access, crammed against the neighboring molar and cannot always be cleaned thoroughly to clear bacterial accumulations. They can create a trap for food and plaque, becoming the source of inflammation, infection, gum tenderness, bleeding, foul odor, and tooth decay. The surrounding tissue may become especially painful during chewing and eating as the gums and cheeks tend to become caught between the teeth.
The uncomfortable challenges associated with a bad wisdom tooth may be constant or periodic, and can sometimes be managed temporarily, but cannot be completely resolved without help from an experienced oral surgeon. To schedule a consultation, or to plan your wisdom tooth extraction, contact our wisdom teeth experts serving the downtown Chicago Loop at 312-328-9000 for your appointment today.