If your gums hurt in the back of your mouth, the pain is likely caused by your wisdom teeth. They’re the last teeth to erupt, doing so around the age of 20.
Wisdom teeth don’t always cause pain when they erupt. However, if you experience pain, this could mean that they’re impacted and they must be extracted.
If they partially erupt, the gums swell, causing pain. Unfortunately, a partially erupted wisdom tooth can collect food, leading to gum swelling and infection known as pericoronitis.
The disease must be treated right away to avoid it from spreading to the throat and neck. If an impacted wisdom tooth develops decay, it can lead to tooth movement and changes in your bite. It also causes cysts and benign tumors.
Visit Your Dentist
It’s vital that you visit your dentist to diagnose the cause of gum pain, swelling, and sensitivity. X-rays may be needed to determine if your wisdom tooth is impacted.
Most of the time, the ideal treatment is to extract the problematic tooth. Wisdom teeth don’t always need to be extracted if they develop and erupt properly. However, if they’re causing gum pain and swelling, they must be removed.
Even if your wisdom teeth erupt properly, they may still cause problems, like overcrowding the other teeth. When you visit the clinic of Michael Mabry DDS, he’ll assess your condition and figure out whether or not your wisdom teeth must be removed.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Wisdom tooth extraction is simple. It requires local anesthetic so your dentist can gently free the tooth and removes it. In some cases, patients require stitches to ensure proper healing. If you have more than one impacted wisdom tooth that’s causing pain in the back of your mouth, you may need to have several teeth removed.
Who Can Extract Impacted Wisdom Teeth?
To ensure that the procedure is performed correctly, you should consider having it done by an oral surgeon. Dr. Michael Mabry is a well-known dentist who performs wisdom teeth extraction a few times a week.
Other Treatment Options
Before opting for a tooth extraction, you might find it useful to rinse your mouth with a warm saltwater solution to relieve the pain. An over-the-counter painkiller may also help.
When Should The Wisdom Teeth Be Extracted?
It’s ideal to have them removed before age 21. At this time, the surgery is less complicated. Your mouth will heal better if they’re extracted earlier in life.
Visit your dentist regularly so he/she can check and keep track of your wisdom teeth. Your dentist will also let you know if these teeth have erupted or they need to be extracted.
Routine x-rays for cavities can’t show wisdom teeth in some cases. For that reason, some dentists require additional x-rays just to examine these teeth.
Call Michael Mabry’s clinic today to schedule an appointment with him and have your gums that hurt in the back of your mouth checked.