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Stiff neck, sinus problems, ear pain, and headaches. Wisdom teeth erupting. Horrible taste in mouth. Help

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Hi there,
I have had a stiff neck, sinus problems and ear trouble now for a couple of weeks and a few headaches. I have just noticed at the back of my mouth my wisdom tooth is coming through however there is no room for it. As a child I had four teeth removed to have a brace fitted as my mouth was too small for all my teeth I also have a horrible taste in my mouth. Hope you can help!
Posted Fri, 28 Sep 2012 in Dental Health
Answered by Dr. Shivangi Gajwani Jain 44 minutes later
Thank you for posting your querry.

Many a times extractions/tooth removal have to be done to create space for orthodontic treatment(braces). This is safe and does not have any side effects.

As you feel that a wisdom tooth is errupting into your oral cavity and there is no space for it then your dentist may have to extract it. This decision can be only made after checking your xrays of the tooth as well as a clinical oral examination.

If the tooth is not extracted it can create certain problems in the near future:

-It will try to push your teeth, thereby spoiling the alignment of your teeth which are more prone to change as they have been orthodontically treated.
-Difficulty in cleaning that particular area due to the tooth's abnormal position as well as the flap of gum covering part of the partially errupted tooth.
-Food lodgement in the area
-Pain and infection due to caries(bacteria) leading to cavities in the wisdom tooth as well as adjacent teeth.
-Pain in the adjoining tooth as the errupting tooth hits the nearby tooth, causing resorption.
-An infected wisdom tooth can cause pain in the jaw, ear, scalp of that side and sometimes even causes headaches resulting in discomfort.

The metallic taste maybe due to food lodgement in the area reulting in disintegration of the food stuck there.

I would suggest you to visit your dentist for a clinical examination and an xray.

I would be happy to help, if you have any more querries.
Warm Regards
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