There are not many health issues related to the mouth and teeth that can become more painful than wisdom teeth. The issue with wisdom teeth is that you may not even know there is an issue with them until you get a dental x-ray or a proper checkup by your dentist. And when the pain does hit, patients can experience some excruciating discomfort for days on end. Here are three warning signs that may let you know that you have impacted wisdom teeth.
If you are experiencing a great deal of pain in parts of your mouth or ear, then you may have issues with your wisdom teeth. Dental pain is not always related to wisdom teeth, as it may be due to a loose or cracked tooth. However, if you notice that all your teeth are in orderly condition, but you are still experiencing pain, wisdom teeth are probably the culprits! The Canadian Dental Association states that you should always seek assistance from a professional dentist if such pain persists for more than a day or two.
2. Swollen or Bleeding Gums
Have you started to notice a little bit of blood in your mouth, or when you are spitting out after brushing or flossing your teeth? It is a normal occurrence if you are not brushing your teeth regularly, as your gums are not used to that pressure being applied by a toothbrush. However, if someone brushes and flosses regularly in the same way, and they are starting to notice blood or swelling in their gums, they may want to visit a dentist and get their wisdom teeth checked out.
3. Jaw Swelling
Noticed that your jaw has swelled up in an unusual way? It is more than likely that you are experiencing issues with your wisdom teeth. A swollen jaw is something you should take very seriously, and you may want to book an appointment with a dentist at your earliest convenience. Sometimes jaw swelling occurs because of an impact injury, or an insect bite. If the issue goes away after a few days, you are in the clear. However, if you notice that your jaw swelling has remained the same or gotten worse after some days, you should speak with a dentist about the matter.
There are other symptoms that may also indicate that you are suffering issues with your wisdom teeth, such as an unusually bad taste in your mouth, unusually bad breath, swollen glands, a consistent ear ache and headaches in the area that connects your jaw and skull.
The symptoms we described above may also occur because of oral diseases, such as these described by the CDA. This is another indication that seeing a dentist is your best course of action. The longer you leave your gums and teeth untreated, the more likely you are to suffer from a serious, painful and costly issue. Whether it is your wisdom teeth, or some other issue, you must get yourself checked out by a dentist.