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Symptoms of Infected Wisdom Tooth

Posted on 6/15/2024 by Artistic Smiles
3D rendered xray of an impacted wisdom tooth butting against the tooth next to itDoes the back of your mouth hurt? It might not be a passing ache. When wisdom teeth appear, usually in our late teens or early twenties, they can cause several problems, infections being one of the most frequent. Understanding the signs of an infected wisdom tooth is essential for getting prompt dental care and avoiding more problems.

Continuous Pain

One of the first indications of infected wisdom teeth is ongoing or worsening pain in the region. This pain might also spread to the jaw, ear, or neck of the affected side.

Swelling and Redness

An infection can cause the gum over the wisdom tooth and the tissues around it to noticeably enlarge. It could seem redder than usual and feel warmer to the touch. An investigation by the dentist will quickly find out if your wisdom tooth is the culprit.

Terrible Taste and Breath

An infection may be indicated by persistently terrible breath and taste in your mouth. Often, pus and bacteria build up beneath the gums to cause this. Even if you are brushing twice a day and flossing once a day, this taste may still persist.

Painful Opening of the Mouth

If the infection is severe, you may have trouble opening your mouth entirely or chewing without pain. This movement restriction is a sign that you should see a dentist.


Though less common, your body may raise the temperature in response to the invading bacteria during a tooth infection. Ignoring these signs can result in more severe health problems, such as spreading the infection to other areas of the body. The keys are early diagnosis and treatment. Do not let any of these symptoms worsen if you experience them.

Take Action Now!

Call your dentist to make an appointment. Prompt care not only reduces pain but also safeguards your general oral health. Early treatment of an infected wisdom tooth can prevent future problems or more involved dental surgeries. Call today - your health is worth it!
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