Wisdom tooth pain is either isolated to a single tooth or surrounding multiple molars.
Symptoms of molar tooth pain include:
- Tenderness near your jaw
- Sinus pressure
- Gum swelling or bleeding
- Tight jaw muscles
- Sensitivity to cold and hot foods and beverages
- Sharp pain
- Throbbing in your jaw
- Worsening pain at night
- Pain near your ear
- Pain when chewing
When you experience such symptoms, ensure you visit the dentist and get medical help.
Causes of Wisdom Tooth Pain
Wisdom teeth usually do not cause pain when they are healthy and in the correct position.
You may experience mild to severe pain due to these factors:
- Formation of cyst – This can damage the bone or roots.
- Your jaw is not large enough to give wisdom teeth the proper space. This can lead your wisdom tooth to get stuck in your jaw and not be able to break through your gums.
- Trouble cleaning as they are situated far back.
- Due to less space, your wisdom tooth may find it difficult to break through your gums. It can grow only partway, making a flap of gum tissue to grow over it. This flap can trap food particles that can further lead to gum infection
- One of the most common reasons, you may experience molar tooth pain when they grow crooked or face the wrong direction.
Risk factors of wisdom tooth pain include:
- Subperiosteal abscess: This is a pus boil that develops when tissue debris and bone are trapped between the tissue covering the bone and the healing extraction socket. Your doctor can treat the abscess and prescribe antibiotics that can help clear any infection.
- Bacterial infections: Post-operative bacterial infections are rare, but when it occurs you should get medical help immediately. Your doctor will recommend undergoing surgery. Before the surgery, your dentist will give antibiotics to sidestep problems with infection. After the surgery, your dentist will recommend mouth rinses or antibiotic regimens that help your teeth and overall oral health.
- Dry socket: Although dry socket is rare, it is one of the risk factors as well as complications following surgery. Typically, it occurs four to seven days after a tooth extraction when the blood clot needed for healing dissolves too soon. Your dentist will either treat this with an oral antiseptic solution or a specialized dressing, depending on your condition.
Ensure you visit the dentist’s clinic when experiencing the symptoms of wisdom tooth pain. Your dentist will do a physical examination and rule out third molar pain.