Infected Wisdom Tooth - Fix It Fast

Infected Wisdom Tooth – Fix It Fast

By: - Alternative Medicine - September 14, 2011
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If you are an adult and have not had your wisdom teeth removed, it is quite common and possible to get an infected wisdom tooth. Wisdom teeth are the last set of teeth that we get in our mouths, however many people just don’t have adequate room in their mouths for them, so they are often removed before they even erupt. An infected wisdom tooth is no joke. In addition to being extremely painful, you will notice swollen gums around wisdom tooth, possible pus coming from the area and if it is left long enough, you can get a sore throat, swollen lymph glands and your body can actually become septic as this infection can easily pass to the blood.

The wisdom teeth get infected so often because there is a very high chance that they come in abnormally. When the teeth grow in crooked, which is often the case, it can create a hole in the gum tissue where food and bacteria get stuck. Over time, the bacteria multiply under the gum line and attack the roots of the wisdom tooth and possibly other teeth around it. When this happens, you will begin experiencing the intense pain since the nerves are being exposed.

Swollen gums around the wisdom tooth is a common side effect as mentioned above, and can spread to the surrounding muscle of the mouth and jaw causing you to be unable to open your mouth wide, if at all. If this happens you will need to take 7 days of antibiotics at a minimum, then the offending tooth will need to be pulled. Additional antibiotics will be prescribed and you may have to take those up to 21 days or more.  Swollen gums around the wisdom tooth can be extremely painful in their own right and you will certainly not be able to eat on that side of your mouth, if at all.

The best thing to do if you even suspect an infected wisdom tooth is to get into the doctor or dentist as soon as possible. The sooner you have it removed the easier it will be for you to recover. While there, you may want to consider having the other three wisdom teeth removed as well, so this doesn’t happen a second, third or even fourth time. Remember, it is quite common, so even if you have had one infected tooth, it doesn’t mean it won’t happen again.

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