Sore throats can happen for a lot of reasons. If your wisdom teeth are growing in and your throat is sore, you may be wondering if an unhealthy wisdom tooth is the culprit. Can wisdom teeth cause a sore throat? The short answer is “yes.” Read on to learn more from Lakeside Dental, and see if a wisdom tooth may be causing your sore throat.
The wisdom teeth are the last set of four molars, and they typically emerge around the age of 17-25 They come out a lot later than the second set of molars, which most people have by the age of 12-13. This third set of molars is located at the very rear of the mouth.
If they grow into your mouth properly, your wisdom teeth will not cause a sore throat. But if they do not fully emerge from your gums, one or more of your wisdom teeth may become “impacted.” When this happens, it can be hard to clean the area around your teeth properly.
In turn, this may lead to inflammation and infection of the gums near the wisdom tooth. In severe cases, a dental abscess may form near the wisdom tooth. As the inflammation and infection continue to spread, this may cause “referred pain” like a sore throat. This is more common with the lower wisdom teeth.
Although wisdom teeth can cause a sore throat, there are lots of other things that can cause a sore throat. Other causes of a sore throat can be allergies, overuse (singing loudly, for example), infections like the common cold and strep throat, and much more.
So, how can you tell if your sore throat is being caused by an unhealthy wisdom tooth? Beyond seeing a Lenoir City dentist like Dr. Joseph Blalock, you can also look for other common symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth.
If you have a sore throat and other symptoms that may indicate an unhealthy wisdom tooth, Dr. Blalock and the team at Lakeside Dental are here to help. We offer gentle wisdom tooth extractions in Lenoir City. Give us a call at (865) 635-4999 or contact us online to schedule your consultation right away. You can trust our team to help you relieve your pain and prevent further complications.