Can Wisdom Teeth Cause Headaches?

Wisdom teeth can cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms. But can wisdom teeth cause headaches? The answer might surprise you. Read on to learn what causes these headaches- and how you can finally find relief.

The Problem With Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars that many people grow in the back of their mouths, just like their other molars. But unlike these other teeth, wisdom teeth can cause a host of problems. This is because, for most people, the jaw simply is not big enough to accommodate extra teeth. When wisdom teeth grow, they can press against existing teeth and other parts of the mouth, causing pain, pressure, and even dental problems.

Can Wisdom Teeth Cause Headaches?

For some people, wisdom teeth can also cause headaches. This pain often starts in the jaw or the nerves in the lower portion of the face. However, over time it can radiate to the head. This pain might get worse as the wisdom teeth continue to grow in, especially if they become impacted. If you are experiencing headaches (or other negative symptoms) and you suspect wisdom teeth are to blame, talk to a dentist or oral surgeon. Also be sure to pay attention to the pain so you can tell the dentist about any changes you notice over time.

Treating the Pain

If your pain is being caused by wisdom teeth, then a tooth extraction is usually the best way to resolve the problem. While a wisdom tooth extraction might seem scary, it is a simple and common procedure. Just be sure to talk to your dentist or oral surgeon before you take any new medications.

Before your tooth extraction, there are a few short-term pain relief options you can try. Over-the-counter pain medications, pain relief gels, and cold compresses are all helpful for some patients. Your dentist or oral surgeon can help.

Learn More About Wisdom Tooth Extraction

We know that wisdom tooth extraction can be scary. At The Smile Artisans, our goal is to make the process as simple as possible. During your wisdom tooth consultation, we will assess your mouth, answer your questions, and create a personalized plan to help you live pain-free. Call (832) 220-6087 to book a consultation today.

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