Wisdom teeth headache may be due to pos-extraction infections and problems with the jaw and the teeth. In some cases, the pulp, which is the interior of a tooth, becomes infected. If the tooth, which is infected, is found in the upper jaw, pain and aching of the head and face may occur. This pain may be intense. In addition, impacted wisdom teeth and gum infections may also cause headache and pain, requiring prompt treatment.
Post-extraction infections are associated with removal of the tooth from its socket. The bone tissue is thus exposed to infections, and dental problems of this kind usually occur within 2 to 10 days after wisdom teeth removal. Pain is normally localized to the extraction site, but in some cases, it radiates to the neck, temples, and face, thus being known as wisdom teeth headache. It is important to have a follow-up consultation with an oral surgeon or a dentist because if the socket is left untreated, the pain worsens.
Another reason why pain occurs is associated with temporo-mandibular joint dysfunction. Among the symptoms of this condition are pain in the head and neck, and the jaw may lock in more severe cases. Certain factors can contribute to temporo-mandibular joint dysfunction, including diseases, bad habits, muscle tension, misalignment of the teeth, improper joint structure, and others.
Generally, it is important to see the doctor if you feel pain and stiffness in your jaw, numbness in the lower lip, pain when chewing or biting, and if you have damaged or loosened teeth.
If you have wisdom teeth headache, you might need to have an X-ray done in some cases. If you have difficulty speaking, your mouth doesn’t close properly, your jaw extends further forward, or you feel pain in the area of your ears, you may need to have it done. In addition, you may want to see the dentist if you have painful or swollen gums, difficulty opening your mouth, or if the lymph nodes on your neck appear swollen.
There are other symptoms to pay attention to, which may require a consultation with your dentist. These include chills and fever, loss of the sense of smell, sore throat and cough, pain behind the eyes, as well as throbbing headache which gets worse when bending. These symptoms may show that you have an impacted wisdom tooth or a late-developing wisdom tooth erupting.