Here at Dentist in Sheffield, a private dental practice in Sheffield, we see a number of people suffering from problems with their wisdom teeth.
Not everyone suffers from wisdom teeth problems. Providing there is enough room for the wisdom tooth to come through and despite causing possible temporary discomfort, it’s a relatively straightforward process.
Common problems with wisdom teeth
Impacted wisdom tooth
A wisdom tooth may become impacted if there isn’t enough room for it to come through. In this instance, it may become stuck behind the nearby tooth at an angle, causing pain and discomfort.
Pericoronitis is a common problem affecting emerging wisdom teeth. It occurs when the wisdom tooth is coming through, and part has emerged from the gum and part is still covered. This sometimes results in a flap of gum that can become inflamed and swollen.
When the wisdom tooth gets stuck, bacteria and food can collect in the area and cause swelling and pain. It’s more common with lower wisdom teeth than upper ones, but either way it can be very painful and even lead to further problems if left untreated.
This common problem can be easily treated using mouthwash and cleaning. In some instances, antibiotics may be needed, which will clear up any infection caused by the bacteria. However, if pericoronitis keeps occurring, your dentist may suggest removing the tooth to prevent further future discomfort.
Pain relief for wisdom teeth problems
There are lots of things you can try to relieve the pain of sore wisdom teeth. Remember, if the pain continues for more than a couple of day, we recommend that you see a dentist.
Pain relief tablets
Used short term, aspirin or paracetamol can be taken to relieve the pain. However, if the pain continues, visiting your dentist is a must as treatment may be needed.
An antibacterial mouthwash can be used to bring down the inflammation caused by wisdom teeth problems. Alternatively, you can mix a teaspoonful of salt with some warm water and swill it around your mouth several times a day.