I know wisdom teeth can be complicated especially if they are impacted, but if an emergency dentist can help I think I should go. I’ve had issues on and off with all 4 of my wisdom teeth but now the bottom two are screaming with pain. My gums are swollen and although I am not chewing on the wisdom teeth, chewing period is starting to hurt. I had plans for a long weekend and am wondering if an emergency dentist can help or if I need to just skip that and call an oral surgeon to get the teeth pulled. Thanks. Lola
Wisdom teeth can be complex particularly if they are impacted and won’t erupt, or if there isn’t enough room in your mouth for them when they do erupt. Impacted wisdom teeth can become irritated and cysts can form on or around them. They can also damage the roots of nearby teeth. A visit to an emergency dentist is recommended.
If wisdom teeth erupt partially or erupt and there isn’t enough space for them, they will shift your other teeth out of alignment. This creates the need for braces or some other type of orthodontic treatment. Partially erupted wisdom teeth also cause pain, swelling, and irritation. They become difficult to clean and can breed bacteria that lead to infection.
Your pain and swelling indicate that you need to see a dentist right away. The swelling is a sign of infection which needs to be addressed. An emergency dentist can at least examine and x-ray your teeth and numb the pain for now. It is unlikely that you will be able to schedule a same-day appointment with an oral surgeon. Even if you did, the tooth-extraction surgery wouldn’t be performed right away.
So the emergency dentist is a good place to start. He or she will numb your pain and examine and x-ray your teeth. The dentist will then determine the next steps for treatment, which likely include an oral surgeon for the extractions.
This post is sponsored by Colorado Springs dentist Dr. Joseph Rota.