The Pain of Wisdom Teeth

There are many different causes for dental pain… tooth decay,  a fracture or abscess, a broken or damaged filling, gum infections or wisdom teeth pain.  If you still have your wisdom teeth, you may be experiencing this unique pain.  How do you know?  As wisdom teeth come in they can be very painful.  Many times they grow in crooked or sideways.  They can push on other teeth causing more pain.

The area around the gum can become inflamed or red and tender to the touch. You might even see them poking out from the gum. Some people don’t experience any pain at all.  Most dentist recommend removal before they start to create problems.

But what about impacted wisdom teeth? This occurs when wisdom teeth are prevented from coming out because of being blocked by the jaw bone or other teeth.

According to crest.com …Impacted wisdom teeth are more difficult to remove, leave you at greater risk for complications from surgery, and can permanently damage bones and other teeth. Also, the longer wisdom teeth pain persists, the more likely it is that an infection will result from bacteria entering open tissue. Oral infections can have a negative impact on general systemic health…

If you think your pain could be from your wisdom teeth, call our office today. We will be able to tell you after an examination if your pain is from your wisdom teeth, and what you need to do next.

Be wise! Don’t let the pain of wisdom teeth go on longer than it needs to.

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Welcome to our new Associate

We would like to welcome our new Associate, Dr. Joshua McKinney, to our Brogdon Dental professional team! Here is a short bio of Dr. McKinney. We hope you will stop in to meet him and say hello the next time you’re by our office.

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Dr. Joshua McKinney was born and raised in Chattanooga, TN. After graduating from The McCallie School, he attended Wofford College where he had the great opportunity to play college baseball. During his time at Wofford, Dr. McKinney had great mentors who helped guide him to pursue his passion in health care. After graduation, he attended the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry where he received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery. He currently lives in Ooltewah with his wife Brittne and their two golden retrievers. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, golfing, fitness and traveling. Dr. McKinney is a member of the American Dental Association, Tennessee Dental Association and Chattanooga Area Dental Society.