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What Causes Wisdom Tooth Pain?

Tooth pain should never be ignored, as it can be a sign of something serious that needs to be addressed by a dental professional. If you start to experience any wisdom tooth pain, it’s time to book an appointment with your dentist.

It is common for your dentist to suggest that they remove your wisdom teeth. Your bite will be perfectly functional without your wisdom teeth and oftentimes your wisdom teeth are causing you pain because they have no more room to grow in, so removal is the best course of action.

There are four common causes of wisdom tooth pain:

Growing Pains

Most patients that suffer with wisdom tooth pain do so because they are coming in and breaking through the gums which will cause pain and swelling which will feel sore. This sensation should pass, but ensure that you see a dentist if the pain persists or the gums start to look infected.


If your wisdom teeth have become impacted in your gums, you may find that cysts start to develop within your tooth and cause pain.

Cavities & Gum Disease

Wisdom teeth have a very small amount of space to grow in alongside your existing teeth. As your wisdom teeth will grow so tightly against other teeth, this may make it difficult for you to properly brush the area and cavities will form due to trapped food debris or plaque. If plaque is left against the gum line and you are unable to brush and floss correctly, this may advance to gum disease which will cause you swelling and gum tenderness.

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