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Common Symptoms of an Infected Wisdom Tooth

Posted on 2/15/2024 by Weo Admin
3D rendered xray of an impacted wisdom tooth butting against the tooth next to itWisdom teeth erupt later in life and can cause pain, mainly if infected. When the infection spreads to the gums, the medical term is pericoronitis.

Story of the Pain

A typical symptom of an infection in a wisdom tooth is pain radiating from the back part of the mouth and affecting other parts, like the cheek or jaw, and up to the ear. This discomfort varies from mild to very painful and increases when you eat or apply pressure on the affected area.

Redness and Swelling

Redness and swelling of the gums around a tooth are common symptoms of infection. Swelling that spreads to the neck and face is a sign of a serious infection that should not ever be disregarded. A dental evaluation should not be delayed in this case.

Dental Issues

The inflamed area may begin to limit the mobility of your jaw, and you will notice that opening your mouth becomes difficult. Inconveniences with eating and talking may arise due to this limited mobility.

Disgusting Smell and Taste

Another sign is foul breath or an unpleasant aftertaste caused by pus and bacteria in the affected area. It is a highly worrying symptom that something is wrong.

Lymph Node Enlargement

In response to infections, the lymphatic system enlarges nodes under the neck and beneath the jaw. With a wisdom teeth infection, eating or chewing foods could be uncomfortable because of the swelling and pain affecting your eating routine and overall comfort.

Bloody Gums and Pus

One sure indication of an infection is when some pus or bleeding can be observed surrounding the tooth. If you exhibit such symptoms, do not wait to seek dental care.

Feeling Under the Weather

Once the immune system goes into action trying to resist an infected wisdom tooth, you may be afflicted with widespread symptoms such as fever and general malaise.

Almost immediately after the symptoms of infected wisdom teeth, you may be on your way to more severe health problems. The appropriate course of therapy, as directed by our experienced dentist, may vary from antibiotics and pain relief medication to even the extraction of a wisdom tooth.

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