The spread of COVID-19 continues to affect us all. With the uncertainty of what is yet to come as a result of this pandemic, we continue to monitor the situation and remain focused on the health and safety of the patients we love, our dedicated staff, our community, and our families.
In accordance with the latest recommendations from the ADA (Australian Dental Association), and to make sure we are doing our part to prevent unnecessary exposure to our patients and staff ads well as the further spread of the virus, we will be deferring all routine dental treatments and restricting appointments to urgent treatment and emergencies only.
In this post, we’ll address a common patient concern regarding pain around the wisdom teeth.
Wisdom Tooth Pain – What it is and What to do About It
For some people, wisdom teeth can be a real problem. If a wisdom tooth doesn’t fully erupt, and/or the gum around it is slightly loose, bacteria and small food particles can get into that area and cause pain.
In some cases, problems can be prevented with good oral hygiene. Be especially conscientious with brushing and flossing every day. Make sure to clean this area thoroughly. You should be able to feel the toothbrush touching the gum behind the last tooth.
If you do have pain, start by asking yourself some questions:
- Am I able to fully open my mouth without feeling any pain?
- Do I notice any swelling in my mouth around the tooth, or in my jaw?
- Is there a salty taste or bad odour in my mouth?
- Do I feel any swelling in my gland under my jaw?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, don’t hesitate to call Dr Hoffenberg at TLC Dental in Sydney. It’s quite common for wisdom teeth to become infected. If it’s left untreated, you may develop an abscess. If the issue continues without appropriate treatment, your healthy teeth can be affected. It can even become serious enough to damage the bone around your wisdom tooth.
When a wisdom tooth doesn’t erupt properly, or the gum around the tooth is loose, it should be considered a dental emergency. The longer you wait, the greater the risk of complications. In most cases, all it takes is a simple extraction. You’ll no longer have the risk of infection, and you can enjoy better oral health.
You can come into our office, or call us at (02) 8599 7107. If you prefer, you can use our live chat. You can avoid unnecessary problems, and be free from the pain. Whichever option you choose, connect with our dental team today.
The ADA’s website can be reached here: Australian Dental Association