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Impacted Wisdom Teeth? What You Can Do

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

It isn’t uncommon for many of us to gain discomfort in our mouths from developing wisdom teeth. It isn’t entirely uncommon for someone to require no dental or medical treatment for their teeth, but this isn’t always the case. Many times when wisdom teeth come in they can cause intense pain. When wisdom teeth grow in and there isn’t enough room for them they are referred to as impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause a great amount of discomfort and pain. Furthermore, impacted wisdom teeth can damage your other teeth by crowding them.

If you develop impacted wisdom teeth there are few things you can do:

  • One thing to do for the pain when you feel like you may have impacted wisdom teeth is take some over the counter (OTC) pain medication such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications or NSAIDs. If you are unsure what these are it is usually ok if you take whatever you would for a muscle ache or a headache. There isn’t much else you can do for the pain.
  • The next thing you should do is make an appointment with a dentist. A dentist will take a look at your teeth and see if they are impacted or if there is another issue that needs to be addressed. If your dentist decides that your wisdom teeth should be removed then they will likely refer you to an oral surgeon.
  • Meet with an oral surgeon and discuss your options for removal of your teeth.

Many people have their wisdom teeth removed and it is a common and often painless process. Recovery is usually very quick from this procedure. During recovery after your impacted wisdom teeth are removed your dentist or oral surgeon will give you directions on how to best facilitate the healing process; a list of “dos and don’ts”.