Is Wisdom Tooth Removal an Emergency?

Wisdom teeth can create a lot of problems: 

  • They can push the other teeth in the mouth because they don't have enough room to grow. 
  • They can cause discomfort and pain as they erupt 
  • They tend to get decayed since they sit at the back of the mouth and are hard to clean. 

But are they also a dental emergency when it's time to remove them? 

In most cases no, wisdom tooth removal doesn't require a trip to the emergency room. However, there are instances when you may need urgent care because of a wisdom tooth. Here's when. 

Signs You Need Urgent Wisdom Tooth Extraction 

More often than not, wisdom teeth don't have enough room to erupt properly, so they put a lot of pressure on the neighboring teeth. While uncomfortable, in most cases, the pain can be managed with a combination of OTC medication and ice packs. 

But, if you are also experiencing the following signs, then it may be a good idea to call Dr. Carly Cassleman at (586) 404-4911 and set a same-day appointment: 

  • Extreme Pain: As we said, some degree of pain can be normal when a wisdom tooth is erupting, but if you're experiencing debilitating pain, it could be a sign of an infection. It could also indicate an impacted wisdom tooth, which means that the tooth grew at an odd angle and got stuck while trying to make its way out. 
  • Severe Swelling: Some swelling around the wisdom tooth is nothing to worry about. But if the swelling is severe and extended to the gums, jaw, or face, you need to get in touch with your dentist immediately. 
  • Inability to Open Your Mouth: If your jaw has become so swollen or stiff that you can't open it properly, this could indicate a serious infection that needs immediate attention.
  • Fever: If you're also experiencing fever along with pain and swelling, this could indicate that the infection is spreading. 
  • Foul Taste or Smell: This could suggest an abscess has formed around the wisdom tooth. You will need to get urgent care because an untreated abscess can put your life at risk. 

How St. Clair Tooth Co. Can Help 

If you suspect your wisdom tooth may have gotten infected or if it's causing an unusual amount of trouble, don't hesitate to get in touch with Dr. Carly Cassleman. She will listen to your symptoms and based on their severity she may ask you to come in for some swift care. You can rest assured that she will restore your oral health and you will leave our office feeling great. 

You can get in touch with the team at St. Clair Tooth Co. by calling (586) 404-4911

If you just need to schedule a regular appointment, you can do so online too. 

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