In some cases the onset of an extra tooth i.e. the wisdom tooth may not be welcomed by the other teeth as a result of space constraint in the jaw. Therefore the wisdom tooth wriggles to erupt and sometimes may result in abnormal formation often leading to impaction. Since the tooth cannot go on to grow straight vertically it may push itself sideways and bump into the immediate next one. It may be hard on the gums to accommodate it and they become hostile forming a swelling or a bag like structure in that region. Now this can become an excellent breeding ground for bacteria when food particles get trapped in. The bacterial formation thus leads to wisdom teeth infection in case more than one wisdom tooth appears.
What can a wisdom teeth infection leave you with?
- Wisdom teeth infection may leave you with severe pain.
- It can also give rise to swollen gums and further propagate the swelling to the muscles that aid in opening of the mouth. In such cases the only way to subside the swelling is to be on antibiotics at least for a week.
- The swelling and pain can aggravate if the upper wisdom tooth erupts straight down and touches the swollen lower gums. This condition is termed as peritonitis.
- An infection often leaves you with a headache and a swelling on the outer cheek on the side where the wisdom tooth erupts.
Your red outer cheeks can make you like a comic character.
- The infection can cause bad odor and taste in the mouth.
- It can cause intense redness of the gums.
- Can leave you with difficulty in chewing and swallowing food.
- The jaw might tend to become stiff and sometimes even misalign the shape of the jaw.
- It can give rise to swelling in the lymph nodes.
- Pain in the tooth can be accompanied with discharge of pus.
- Though rarely, the infection of wisdom tooth can lead to a cyst or tumor formation which can turn out to be malignant.
Having said all this if you notice your erupting wisdom tooth causing even a slight discomfort don’t wait for it to blow up. Check with the dentist to prevent infections, further swelling etc.
How to treat wisdom teeth infection using home remedies?
- Place an onion piece on the infected tooth. This can bring comfort to the pain caused by the infection. If you hate onions you could also chew on garlic.
- Dip a cotton swab in clove oil and apply it on the infected area. Alternatively you can make a thin paste using clove oil, fine pepper powder and salt. This is said to be very effective in easing pain and discomfort.
- If you don’t have clove oil, take some camphor oil and use it in the same as clove oil.
- You could also use wheat grass juice as a mouth wash to reduce the infection.