The excruciating pain you are feeling at the back of the mouth which lingers towards the ear and head might be because of wisdom tooth. The gums around the wisdom tooth can be infected and swollen which can cause such pain. As the swelling is present close to the muscles that control your jaw, simple acts like chewing and swallowing can be extremely difficult.
In such case we strongly recommend you to visit a dentist, who will examine and provide you with best possible solution.
Wisdom tooth can be completely impacted or partially erupted. In such partially erupted cases, the gums overlapping the top of the tooth like a flap which gets inflamed and swollen because of the accumulation of food particles and plaque. It then becomes a growing ground for bacteria. Such flap is known as operculum and that condition is known pericoronitis.
Pericoronitis can make mouth opening difficult and sometimes this infection can lead to pus discharge from the gums. Some people may develop bad breath and unpleasant taste and if left untreated the infection may spread to jaw and neck.
TREATING PERICORONITIS :
Treating pericoronitis depends upon the how severe your condition is.
Patients with mild infection can find relief by using saltwater rinse or mouthwash.
Moderate pericoronitis may require additional treatment like deep cleaning and antibiotics. Pain killers will reduce pain and swelling, which can help you feel at ease.
For patients with severe infection, the gum flap above the partially erupted tooth must be removed surgically or laser assisted to prevent food particles and bacteria from getting lodged in it. This procedure is known as Operculectomy.
When there is re-occurrence of pericoronitis or if the wisdom tooth is impacted at a different angle which won’t be able to erupt correctly into normal position, then removal of such tooth is the best option.
REMOVAL OF WISDOM TOOTH:
When the wisdom tooth is fully erupted but is giving trouble, can be removed by Simple extraction. It is a procedure where the dentist will give you local anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth, so that you won’t feel pain, just pressure during the procedure and then the erupted tooth is loosened using a instrument called elevator and then pulled out using a instrument known as dental forceps.
When the wisdom tooth is lying under the bone (Impacted) then it needs to be removed surgically, it is known as Surgical extraction.
You will receive local anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth to be removed. A small cut is made in the gum to access it, a small piece of bone covering the bone is needed to be removed, and then the tooth might be cut into smaller pieces to make it easier to remove. After the tooth is removed, you may need stitches. Some stitches dissolve overtime and some have to be removed after few days.
If you are experiencing such severe pain, we advise you to visit a dentist ASAP! The dentist will examine advice and give you the best possible solution.
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