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The average person has four wisdom teeth. They typically attempt to emerge from the gums in late adolescence after the permanent molars have come in. Unfortunately, most people have very little room at the back of their mouth to accommodate these vestigial teeth.

This can cause a wisdom tooth to become trapped. In some cases, the tooth can turn at unnatural angle that prevents it from ever emerging properly. This could eventually threaten the overall health of one or more of your rear molars.

As this happens, you might feel significant discomfort and pain or a dull ache in your jaw muscles. Rubbing your gums with topical oral analgesic might provide some temporary relief. However, this is not an effective long term treatment.

Without professional treatment at Dr. Mark Rowe’s clinic the pain and potential complications could worsen.

Sometimes Dr. Mark Rowe can remove an impacted wisdom tooth without sedation. If one or more wisdom teeth are impacted, Dr. Mark Rowe might recommend sedation and oral surgery to extract the offending wisdom teeth. Afterward, you will need to have someone drive you home while the sedative effect dissipates.

While your gums are healing you will need to stick to a diet of soft foods. Proper hydration is important. Yet you should avoid drinking through a straw as the suction could harm a healing incision.

Dr. Mark Rowe will likely prescribe anti-inflammatory or pain management medication as needed.

If you live in the Duluth, Georgia, area and you are experiencing wisdom tooth discomfort, you should call 770-622-5909 to schedule a consultation appointment at Meadowbrook Family Dentistry.