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What is a wisdom tooth infection?
A wisdom tooth infection occurs when your wisdom teeth attempt to erupt through your gums.
When your wisdom teeth are formed, they’re formed inside of a follicular sac. This sac is ruptured when your wisdom teeth try to erupt, allowing bacteria from your mouth to enter the sac, leading to a wisdom tooth infection in Ventura.
How do you treat a wisdom tooth infection?
Taking a course of prescription antibiotics and irrigating the mouth can temporarily eliminate the bacteria and infection around your wisdom tooth. Prescription mouthwashes that are designed to lower the level of bacteria in your mouth can also help treat your infection.
However, wisdom tooth infection in Ventura is likely to reoccur because the pockets around your wisdom teeth are still present and able to cause future issues. The most efficient and effective way to treat a Ventura wisdom tooth infection is by surgically removing your wisdom teeth.
Using sedation and dental tools, an oral surgeon removes your wisdom teeth, eliminating the root cause of your infection. You’ll need a few days to recover before resuming your normal activities, but removing your wisdom teeth eliminates your chances of experiencing additional issues in the area.
What are the benefits of treating a wisdom tooth infection?
Wisdom tooth infection treatment has multiple benefits for our patients:
Surgery reduces your chance of future dental problems
Unfortunately, wisdom teeth are associated with several potential dental issues, including shifting teeth, bad breath, tooth pain, infection, gum disease, and tooth decay. Removing your wisdom teeth to treat a wisdom tooth infection in Ventura prevents any additional issues with your wisdom teeth. Even if it seems like you have room for your wisdom teeth and that they aren’t causing any issues, they may be causing problems (like tooth decay, gum disease, or pressure on your other teeth) that aren’t immediately noticeable.
Treatment offers fast results
Once we remove your wisdom teeth, you won’t experience any future infections in the area. Though you may need a course of prescription antibiotics to treat your infection, extracting your wisdom teeth should instantly improve your dental health. Untreated infection affects your oral health and overall wellness. Chronic infection can even lead to bone loss and life-threatening conditions due to infection reaching your bloodstream.
Extraction can reduce decay and bacteria
While bacteria can penetrate the wisdom teeth’s follicular sacs, the gum tissue around your wisdom teeth is another common site for bacteria and food particles to accumulate. This leads to decay and gum disease that can damage your teeth. The decaying food particles may also contribute to bad breath. Since your gum tissue traps the bacteria and food, it’s hard to effectively clear these contaminants.
Wisdom Tooth Infection
A wisdom tooth infection is also known as pericoronitis; this condition occurs when wisdom teeth that are impacted or partially erupted inflame the gum tissue, leading to an infection. It’s essential to treat wisdom tooth infection in Ventura to reduce the impact on your future dental health.
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"Our team will assess your condition and provide recommendations. Call 911 or go to the ER immediately if loss of consciousness, uncontrollable bleeding or swelling impedes breathing.”
Dr. Steph, DDS, FAGD
Family, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentist