Your teeth may eventually be moved out of alignment due to crowding.
If you are having problems with your wisdom teeth, your first stop should be at your dentist's office.
Your dentist will take X-rays to determine what the status of your wisdom tooth is. This will indicate whether the tooth has emerged fully or partially, or not at all. It will also show whether the tooth is pressing on other teeth.
Over-the-counter medications for pain relief may be recommended by your dentist. Dissolving half a teaspoon of salt in a cup of water then gargling may ease the pain.
If your tooth needs to be pulled, this may be performed by your dentist or by an oral surgeon, depending on the situation in your mouth. An infected tooth may require a prescription for an antibiotic.
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Reviewed October 22, 2012
by Michele Blacksberg RN