Read below about pain in the upper wisdom tooth, including causes and common questions. Or get a personalized analysis of your pain in the upper wisdom tooth from our A.I. health assistant. At Buoy, we build tools that help you know what’s wrong right now and how to get the right care.

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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Pain in the Upper Wisdom Tooth

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced pain in the upper wisdom tooth. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.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.

    Need treatment for it to get better

    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

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  2. 2.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.

    Resolves after treatment

    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
  3. 3.Severe Cavity

    Dental cavity requiring a root canal or tooth extraction.

    Resolves with treatment

    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

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pain in the Upper Wisdom Tooth

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

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Pain in the Upper Wisdom Tooth Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced pain in the upper wisdom tooth have also experienced:

    • 16% Pain in the Lower Wisdom Tooth
    • 7% Headache
    • 4% Gum Pain
  • People who have experienced pain in the upper wisdom tooth had symptoms persist for:

    • 41% Less Than a Week
    • 31% Less Than a Day
    • 11% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced pain in the upper wisdom tooth were most often matched with:

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