Wisdom Teeth: Why Might They Cause Pain?

You might understand in a “big picture” sense that wisdom teeth should come out in many cases because they can cause problems. You may already be aware of the fact that they’re not necessary for your oral health in any way but that they do have a tendency to fail to grow in successfully. What you might not be so clear about, our Santa Rosa, CA team realizes, is why they may end up causing pain. Of course, when you choose to have them extracted as early as possible, you can typically avoid serious discomfort. However, as for the reasons behind aches and pain associated with your third molars, we can explain.

They’re Impacted, Which Can Be Uncomfortable

If your wisdom teeth are impacted, this means that they are not capable of coming out and erupting from your gum tissue, like your other teeth successfully accomplished. Instead, they are limited on room and, therefore, become stuck. The tooth may remain within gum tissue or may only partially erupt through it. From here, it’s likely that you are going to end up with some serious problems and pain because the tooth is “trying” to fully erupt but the failure can result in the formation of cysts or inflammation. The tooth can also become infected.

They’re Pressing Against Your Other Teeth!

We remind you that it’s also possible for a wisdom tooth to end up growing on an angle, which means your tooth is headed straight toward its neighboring tooth. This isn’t good! It will certainly hurt as pressure builds. It can even lead to damage to the nearby tooth. The good news? We can keep an eye on your teeth and can let you know before pain or problems develop and persist that they’re heading on a path of destruction, rather than health!

They Need To Come Out

As you may have noticed, your wisdom teeth are causing you pain because they really need to come out via wisdom tooth removal. While scheduling oral surgery is certainly something that you will want to think through carefully, our team reminds you that this is a very common procedure (and one that is often selected as an elective decision, due to the potential future complications associated with third molars, even those that develop successfully). If you have any questions, please contact us!

Visit Us When Wisdom Teeth Hurt

When you realize that your wisdom teeth hurt, it is time to contact us immediately for a visit. We can determine the cause of your discomfort and plan your wisdom teeth removal procedure ASAP. Schedule the time you need in Santa Rosa, CA by calling Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery at 707-545-4625 to schedule your visit today.