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Pain in The Lower Wisdom Tooth Symptom, Causes & Questions

Understand your pain in the lower wisdom tooth symptoms, including 3 causes & common questions.

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Contents

  1. 3 Possible Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics

3 Possible Pain In The Lower Wisdom Tooth Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced pain in the lower wisdom tooth. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Severe cavity

Dental cavity requiring a root canal or tooth extraction.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: dry mouth, toothache, spontanenous tooth pain, tooth pain that makes chewing difficult

Symptoms that always occur with severe cavity: spontanenous tooth pain

Urgency: Primary care doctor

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Infected wisdom tooth (pericoronitis)

Pericoronitis of the 3rd molar is an infection of the gums surrounding the 3rd molar (wisdom tooth). It almost never happens to normal teeth because wisdom teeth take a long time to break the gums (erupt). It's believed that once the wisdom tooth breaks the surface of the gums, the bacteria in the mouth get into the gums at that spot and cause an infection. This is also worsened by food particles that build up in the area.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: possible wisdom tooth pain, moderate tooth pain, tooth pain that makes chewing difficult, severe tooth pain, mild tooth pain

Symptoms that always occur with infected wisdom tooth (pericoronitis): possible wisdom tooth pain

Urgency: In-person visit

Tooth abscess (infection)

A tooth abscess is a collection of infected material (pus) in the center of a tooth. It is due to bacterial infection.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: severe jaw or tooth pain, swollen jaw, jaw stiffness, tooth pain that gets worse with hot, cold, or sweet beverages, warm and red jaw swelling

Symptoms that always occur with tooth abscess (infection): severe jaw or tooth pain

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pain In The Lower Wisdom Tooth

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Has your dentist or significant other ever told you that you grind your teeth in your sleep?
  • Were you hit or injured anywhere on your face? If so, where?
  • Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Do you have a sore throat?

The above questions are also covered by our A.I. Health Assistant.

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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Pain In The Lower Wisdom Tooth Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced pain in the lower wisdom tooth have also experienced:

  • 8% Pain In The Upper Wisdom Tooth
  • 4% Headache
  • 3% Toothache

People who have experienced pain in the lower wisdom tooth were most often matched with:

  • 38% Infected Wisdom Tooth (Pericoronitis)
  • 30% Severe Cavity
  • 30% Tooth Abscess (Infection)

People who have experienced pain in the lower wisdom tooth had symptoms persist for:

  • 41% Less than a week
  • 31% Less than a day
  • 11% Over a month

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.