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HomeAnswersDentistrywisdom teethWhat should I do for the pain in the lower jaw due to horizontally placed wisdom tooth?

Do I need to extract my horizontally placed wisdom teeth causing on and off jaw pain?

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Published At December 19, 2021
Reviewed AtJanuary 30, 2024

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I have pain in the lower jaw due to a horizontal wisdom tooth. The tooth is completely horizontal. The pain comes and goes on and off. It is a bearable pain. Please help.

Answered by Dr. Ummah Mohammad


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I saw your attachment (attachment removed to protect patient's identity). Lower wisdom teeth are completely horizontal on both sides, and I understand you must be in severe pain. I would suggest you go for extraction of both the teeth as soon as possible. Delaying may cause malocclusion in the lower jaw.

Meanwhile, you can do a warm salt water rinse five to six times a day, and I would suggest a pain killer or anti-inflammatory (Ibuprofen) medicine.

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

Other than malocclusion, are there any serious problems if I do not extract it? And also, one of my upper row teeth (third teeth from the back, on my left side) just got a filling. It was quite a deep tooth decay. The dentist filled it, but it is still sensitive to water, is there an infection?

Answered by Dr. Ummah Mohammad


Welcome back to icliniq.com.

The sensitivity in the filled teeth will go away with time. It happens initially. There is no other problem with the horizontal wisdom teeth, just that may be you will be in pain on and off because of them.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Ummah Mohammad
Dr. Ummah Mohammad


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