The first thing you should do if you think you may have a wisdom tooth infection would be to contact your dentist or oral surgeon. They will be able to give you a concrete diagnosis to see if it is definitely an infection or see if some other type of dental issue may be causing problems. They would then be able to start you on a course of treatment such as antibiotics.
This is nothing to take your time with, as it can get worse…not to mention, the pain can become unbearable and the whole experience can just make your days unpleasant.
The first sign that you may have a wisdom tooth infection would the obvious – pain in the area where the tooth is. You may also end up experiencing headaches, neck and throat pain, swollen lymph glands under the jaw, and jaw pain. And if that wasn’t enough, add on the possibility of bad breath, bad taste in your mouth, pus drainage, and swelling of the face and jaw.
As you can imagine, it would also be very uncomfortable and difficult to eat, not to mention negatively affect your appetite.
In addition to antibiotics, your dentist or oral surgeon will also be able to recommend the best type of pain relievers and numbing gels that you would be able to buy at your local drugstore. You may also find some relief by gargling salt water.
Will You Have to Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?
An infection can get cleared up, however, if you are already having issues with like this, it would be a wise idea to have your wisdom teeth removed or you may find yourself dealing with recurring infections.
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