Wisdom teeth are the late bloomers that pop up in early adulthood and often are troublesome due to their size and misalignment in the mouth. Due to their timing of arrival – which is after all permanent teeth are out, results in them growing at an angle. So this is the main reason why wisdom tooth develops an infection. The good news is that catching it in the early stage means it can ensure 100% recovery. Let’s dig in and learn more about the 7 most common signs of infectious wisdom teeth.
7 Signs Your Wisdom Tooth Could Be Infected
It can be difficult to identify it because usually, the symptoms are not quite clear-cut and mimic other health problems. However, if you experience the following symptoms, get in touch with a dentist immediately.
- Tooth Sensitivity
Sensitive teeth are one of the signs that indicate a tooth infection. Sometimes, it may be because of a weak tooth enamel and not an infection, which needs a different treatment route.
However, if you notice that your teeth at the back have suddenly become prone to sensitivity toward hot and cold eatables, then it is most likely a tooth infection.
- Persistent Toothache
It is like a throbbing pain on the inside of your tooth that just doesn’t go away. The intensity of pain varies, making it hard to perform daily activities.
Usually, toothache is due to an inflammation of the innermost part of your tooth – the pulp and a sign that the tooth nerves are inflamed and need attention.
- Your Gums Are Inflamed
If your gum tissues are inflamed, they appear red, swollen, and painful to touch.
- Gums Bleed
Infected gums soon start bleeding. While this may also occur due to vigorous brushing, it is still a sign that your gums need attention.
- Your Face Starts To Hurt
The pain from wisdom tooth infection begins in your mouth and can radiate to your cheeks and jaw. Although not in the early stages of the latter part of wisdom tooth infection, it is possible for bacteria to enter your cheeks, too.
- Gum Abscess
You may not be able to spot an abscess in the gums of wisdom teeth, but any white stuff oozing out of your mouth is a bad signal.
- Bad Taste in Mouth
If you leave the pus pouch or the “abscess” around your wisdom tooth as it is, it begins to ooze out, leading to a salty taste in your mouth—or metallic and unpleasant. Since identifying pus is hard, a sudden change in mouth taste is usually an obvious marker of wisdom tooth infection.
If you can spot one or more of these signs, you can contact us immediately. We have years of experience and know what it takes for a successful and healthy recovery. In case you have any questions or concerns, contact experts from Smile Time Dental today and discuss your healing and sleeping options after wisdom teeth removal. Call us at 281-245-0711