While fully emerged impacted teeth might not register any sensation of pain inside the mouth, pain and swelling do occur when they are emerging out of gums. The pain is localized not only to the gum but spreads to nearby teeth. Most patients would also feel that the pain will migrate upwards- on the sides of the face and into the ear. However, the pain subsides once the tooth fully emerges out of the gum.
The following oral problems are observed when one suffers from impacted teeth:
- Bad breath
- Difficulty opening the jaw
- Formation of plaque
- Sensation of pain while biting or eating
If your impacted teeth result in a minor pain, then it can be mitigated through gurgling your mouth with warm saline-water solution. If that doesn't help, then over-the-counter painkillers can be used to suppress the pain.
However, if your impacted teeth results in an overbearing pain, then you would need to visit a dentist/maxillofacial surgeon for proper treatment. Treatment would usually include administering a local anesthetic agent, locating the impacted tooth and then taking it forcibly out of the gums. This procedure is known as the wisdom tooth extraction procedure and the entire procedure will usually take between 30 – 60 minutes.