It’s possible that you have pericoronitis, a condition that causes gums to hurt in the back of your mouth. This dental issue is common that causes the gum tissue to become infected and swollen. Because there’s inflammation involved, it can be painful.
It occurs when a wisdom tooth erupts partially through the gums. Because of that, it opens a way for the harmful organisms to get inside the tooth and cause an infection. Sometimes, a piece of food can get caught in the area.
If it’s left untreated, it causes the swelling to spread in the jaw, cheeks, and neck. The intensity of the pain can vary. It usually includes swelling, infection, metallic taste, and swelling of the lymph nodes. You’ll also experience problems in opening or closing your mouth.
Talk to your dentist right away if you experience this symptom. Your dentist will examine your mouth and check if your wisdom teeth are coming in correctly. A dental X-ray is requested to ensure that your wisdom teeth are aligned properly.
One of the treatments available for the pain in this situation is to rinse your mouth a few times a day using a warm salt water solution. Always make sure that there are no food particles trapped underneath the gum flap. Although rinsing your mouth with salt water is helpful, you need to see your dentist right away if the affected area becomes swollen or the pain is extremely painful.
While waiting for your dental appointment, you may control the pain using OTC medication, like ibuprofen and acetaminophen.
How about oral surgery?
Oral surgery is the ideal treatment if the condition is severe or if it becomes a recurring condition. In this treatment, your surgeon will extract the gum flap or wisdom tooth. Removing the tooth can offer immediate relief. Not only that, but it also prevents dental issues that need future treatment.
This kind of surgery is performed by your dentist at the office of Reflections Dental. It also requires local anesthesia. Even if there’s only one wisdom tooth that’s bothering you, your dentist may recommend removing all wisdom teeth to prevent future dental issues.
Before the procedure, your oral surgeon will discuss it and the anesthesia to be used. Because it involves anesthesia, you can’t eat for six hours before the procedure. Then, someone must drive you home after the surgery.
After removing the problematic tooth, you’ll experience swelling in the area. You’ll also have difficulty eating some foods. Hence, it’s best to eat soft foods or try the liquid diet for the meantime. Your dentist will give you instructions on how to minimize your problems. Follow them carefully.
There are complications that may occur in this kind of surgery. Talk to your dentist about them.
Immediate treatment may not be necessary if the pain goes away after taking an analgesic. Then again, to avoid future problems, you may have to decide to have your wisdom teeth extracted.
Not all impacted wisdom teeth can cause problems. However, most of the time, they will.