Wisdom Teeth, possible symptoms? Help!

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I recently was referred to a consultant by my dentist after an x-ray showed a wisdom tooth coming in sideways. I think he mentioned that it was almost at a right angle. I have been experiencing a number of symptoms, which I have a good feeling might be related but my dentist does not. From the x-ray the wisdom tooth seems to be very close to the root of the adjacent tooth, however I've been told they are not touching and that I should go to see my GP about any symptoms.

I've visited my GP a few times now and had blood work done on a couple occasions with no problems.


Persistent pressure and discomfort around the back, right side of my jaw.

Occasional pressure spreading along from the back to the front, right side of my jaw.

Persistent pressure and tension around the right side of my face, including my jaw, ear, neck and up the back of my head.

More recently, a bad taste in my mouth.

I'm not in any pain, however these symptoms have had an affect on my life and is contributing to episodes of stress and anxiety (especially when there is pressure spreading to the back of my head). I'm on a waiting list to see a consultant and I am expecting an appointment within 9 weeks.

Is there any connection between my symptoms and my wisdom tooth?

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    Hi Harvey. You don't say what type of specialist consultant you've been referred to. If it's not oral/dental you could try and ask another dentist for a second opinion and X-ray. 
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      Sorry, it is a consultant from an Oral and Maxillo-Facial surgery.  I appreciate that my dentist has referred me to a consultant but I find it strange that my dentist sees no connection between my symptoms and my wisdom tooth.  I could easily be wrong.  Any thoughts?
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      It seems your dentist has done the right thing in referring you to the consultant for a second opinion. I guess from the X-Ray he may not have been convinced that the wisdom tooth could be causing all of your symptoms. The angle that the wisdom tooth is growing could possibly be tricky for a regular dentist to deal with. You should hopefully get some information and details from the specialist. I hope your appointment comes through soon and you get some answers and relief from the tension and pressure. Let us know how it goes. 
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      Thanks, Cindy. I will keep in touch.

      I'm counting down the weeks and watching the letterbox for an appointment! 

      Since first writing I can see a white area which looks like a tooth under my gum and it is definitely not coming in straight lol. 

      Just wondering, have you or anyone else experienced problems and/or symptoms with emerging wisdom teeth?

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    Hi Harvey35551, I too have experienced problems with my wisdom teeth. My top ones came in out the way so the sharp edge would be cutting into my cheek. I have already had the top right removed and the left one has followed suit. I've been told my mouth is too small to accommodate them so my other teeth are pushing them out the way.

    Over the weekend my bottom right has been bursting through. The hole for it to come through has been forming and I have been experiencing the same problems as you describe. Discomfort at the back of my teeth, pressure at the back of my jaw spreading to the front and my cheek is sore that I wake up during the night when I roll onto it. I've also had the occasional bad taste which I put down to blood because the gum was opening up and the gum is tender to brush. I would say your symptoms are deffinately down to the wisdom tooth. 

    Keep on at your dentist to get them out! More hassle than they are worth in my opinion. I'm going to be referred to get at least 2 of my remaining 3 out. Try not to be anxious! 

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    from your symptom, i think your doctor is right. i removed my wisdom teeth 3 years ago, and the symptom almost the same as yours. You should visit your dentists and remove the teeth.
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