Have you been dealing with lots of headaches lately? While there are a lot of factors that can contribute to them, many people actually experience headaches because of their wisdom teeth.
Check out this short article to find out why wisdom teeth can cause headaches, and how the problem can be solved.
The Link Between Wisdom Teeth And Headaches
When a wisdom tooth erupts, it can put a lot of pressure on your jaw and gums. These teeth are also quite large, so it’s not uncommon for them to cause a bit of pain as they make their way out
And this discomfort can include headaches, as the tissues surrounding the tooth become sore. This isn’t necessarily a cause for concern. Since wisdom teeth erupt slowly, most likely any pain and discomfort associated with them don’t last very long.
When Wisdom Teeth Are A Problem
Small episodes of pain and discomfort are perfectly normal, but if your wisdom tooth is causing more problems, then they may be erupting improperly.
Sometimes, wisdom teeth don’t have enough space to properly erupt, in which case they grow at a strange angle and apply even more pressure to your surrounding teeth. Other times, the wisdom teeth can become stuck in the jaw, unable to fully emerge.
These are all known as “impacted” wisdom teeth, and they can lead to a lot more problems than headaches. Some patients can discover they have a changed bite or new tooth alignment problems because the tooth pushes the rest of the teeth to make room. An improper bite may also contribute to your headaches.
How Are Impacted Wisdom Teeth Treated?
If you are experiencing headaches because of your wisdom teeth, the best way to remove your discomfort is to see Dr. Jacob Deniakos for an appointment.
If the wisdom tooth is impacted, Dr. Deniakos will likely recommend a permanent extraction. It’s very common for wisdom teeth to be extracted even if they are not impacted because they can affect your bite, and are at a higher risk for cavities.
By extracting the tooth, you can also experience a relief in your discomfort because the tooth will no longer apply pressure on your tissue.
A tooth extraction is a fairly straightforward process that consists of just a few steps:
- Numbing the area to ensure you don’t feel any pain
- Making an incision (if necessary) to reveal the impacted tooth
- Pulling out the tooth and applying a gauze to help a blood clot form
How SOLA Dental Can Help
If a wisdom tooth is causing headaches, Lafayette dentist Dr. Jacob Deniakos is here to help by performing a thorough assessment and determining the best course of action to remove your discomfort and restore oral health.