Also, referred to as the third molars, some people have no issue with these teeth coming in, except for some minor discomfort that lasts a couple of days. For many people, however, wisdom teeth can cause significant pain, and should be addressed by your dentist.
Partially Erupted Wisdom Teeth
In some instances, your wisdom teeth only partly emerge through the gums. This area is particularly difficult to keep clean, even with meticulous brushing and flossing.
Food particles can get stuck in these spaces, and provide a perfect food source and hiding space for dangerous bacteria. The bacteria cause a localized infection in your gums that leads to significant pain.
While every person eventually develops 32 adult teeth, for many people, there just simply isn't enough room in the mouth to accommodate those last four wisdom teeth.
As the teeth attempt to emerge, they push against the adjacent teeth, forcing them against the next teeth. If not addressed, this can cause your teeth to go out of alignment and lead to some other serious conditions.
In some cases, you may be experiencing pain, but the teeth are not emerging. When they don't emerge, this means your teeth are impacted. It could be that they are growing at an awkward angle.
They may also be growing sideways, into adjacent teeth. If this happens, your adjacent teeth are at risk of facing severe damage.
What Should You Do?
Jaw pain should not be ignored. Pain is your body's way of telling you that something is wrong. Make an appointment with your dentist.
Your dentist will be able to examine your mouth and take some X-rays to determine the cause of your pain and make a treatment plan (in the case of wisdom teeth, the plan is often extraction), that will solve the issue and stop the pain.
If you are experiencing pain in the back of your jaw, it very well could be your wisdom teeth. Ignoring the pain can lead to more significant problems down the line. Contact our office today.