Are My Wisdom Teeth An Emergency?


One of the biggest emergency issues that can arise in terms of oral health involves your wisdom teeth. While people generally think that dental emergencies usually involve either teeth that have fallen out or severe pain in other teeth, it’s not entirely uncommon for wisdom teeth to develop issues that will require seeking immediate attention from a dentist.

But how can you be sure that an issue with your wisdom teeth is actually an emergency?

If you are experiencing any kind of pain in the area of your wisdom teeth, no matter how significant or insignificant that the pain may be, the most important thing you can do is immediately inform your dentist as to what you’re experiencing. This is especially important if you are scheduled for either a routine examination or other dental procedure. They will be able to do a thorough and comprehensive examination of the affected areas and determine what, if anything, needs to be done in order to completely eliminate the pain.


Here are some issues in which an issue involving your wisdom teeth may be considered an emergency situation that you should seek immediate assistance for.



Perhaps the most common cause of issues involving wisdom teeth are infections in that area. Infections can be caused by a number of issues, which can include the following:


*Inflammation of the gum line around the tooth

*Pain and/or swelling

*Difficulty opening your mouth and swallowing

*Developing a fever



In some serious cases, extractions of the wisdom teeth may be needed in order to completely eliminate any major issues involving infection if there is no other recourse that can be otherwise taken. Even so, complications can develop after the extractions take place. For instance, blood clots that normally form in the areas where the wisdom teeth previously were can dislodge themselves, which can cause even more bleeding. This can cause the affected areas to not heal properly, even if you are following all post-surgical care instructions explicitly; however, only a small percentage of dental patients experience this.



When wisdom teeth are referred to as “impacted,” this means that they grow in the back of the mouth and generally do not have sufficient room to grow normally. This is something else that can cause some major pain as well as other issues, including damage to your other teeth. They are also prone to becoming infected by tooth decay or gum disease due largely in part to the fact that they are generally harder to clean. If you have an impacted wisdom tooth and are experiencing pain as a result, the best option is to have it extracted as soon as possible.


The bottom line is this: if you are experiencing any major issues with your wisdom teeth, it’s likely because you let the issue go for too long before finally deciding to seek help. The best way to avoid something like this is to seek immediate attention from your dentist, as previously mentioned. Have your wisdom teeth (and all other teeth as well) examined, cleaned, and treated annually to prevent these and any other potential issues from emerging.