Surprising Symptoms of Wisdom Teeth Eruption
Most people associate wisdom teeth eruption with pain in their mouth, but what about pain in your neck? Dr. Hudson regularly sees patients who have signs and symptoms that their wisdom teeth are erupting but may not have made the connection to their condition because these symptoms seem unrelated. If you’re experiencing these symptoms and think your wisdom teeth may be involved, it’s time to give Dr. Hudson a call.
Wisdom teeth are located in the very back of the mouth, near the ear. The pain of eruption or impaction frequently radiates to the nearby ear. The pain can be similar to an ear infection, causing patients to seek treatment from their doctor, instead of their dentist, for their pain. If the teeth have not erupted, the patient may not realize that their wisdom teeth are causing their ear pain, leaving them frustrated and without answers.
The space for wisdom teeth to come is very small, and changes in the area can cause pressure and tension in the jaw. This pressure and tension may even make it hard to open and close your jaw to talk, yawn or chew. Pain and tension from wisdom tooth eruption can eventually travel to your neck, upper back and even to your shoulders.
If your wisdom teeth are impacted, they are at risk of becoming infected. This infection triggers nearby lymph glands to swell in response and fight the infection. Swollen glands are often sore and can make talking or eating painful. Very often, patients also report having a sore throat, fever and body aches along with their swollen glands when they experience an infection in their impacted wisdom teeth.
Wisdom teeth are hard to keep clean. This is because they’re located so far back in the mouth and are often pushed tightly up against nearby teeth. This makes brushing difficult and flossing near impossible. As a result, food debris gets trapped and begins to break down, releasing unpleasant odors. Bad breath can also be an indicator that your wisdom teeth may be infected. If you’re brushing and flossing and still having funky breath, have a bad taste in your mouth or your food tastes off, you may have a wisdom tooth infection.
If you are experiencing these symptoms and think they may be related to your wisdom teeth, call Dr. Hudson at 888-724-7986 to schedule an appointment today.