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wisdom teeth

Swelling in the Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are located the farthest back in your mouth. They get their name because they frequently manifest between late teens to early 20s, during a time when you are more experienced and wise.

If your wisdom teeth develop correctly, they will support chewing and pose no risks. Your dentist will refer to them as impacted if there isn’t enough room for them to come out in the correct position.

My wisdom teeth are swollen, why?

It’s normal to experience some discomfort and gum swelling when your wisdom teeth begin to erupt through your gums.

Once your wisdom teeth have surfaced through your gums, there could be issues that cause additional swelling, such as if they do so partially, allowing bacteria to enter your gums and jaw, are positioned incorrectly, causing food to get stuck and encouraging the growth of bacteria that cause cavities, or allow for the development of a cyst that could harm your teeth and the bone that supports them.

Vitamin deficiencies and gingivitis are other conditions that might result in swollen gums, although usually, these conditions don’t just affect people with wisdom teeth.

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How can I lower the swelling around my wisdom teeth?

Rinse your mouth out entirely if a piece of food stuck is what’s causing or making your swelling worse. A mouthwash with antibacterial properties or warm salt water may be suggested by your dentist. Your swelling should go down once the food has been removed.

Other methods for managing swelling caused by wisdom teeth are to place a cold compress near the swollen area on your face or the affected area.  Take over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines. It is essential to avoid substances such as alcohol and smoke that might irritate your gums.

Visit your dentist if you often have discomfort or infections. To relieve your ongoing pain, they could advise having your wisdom teeth removed.

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