Can Wisdom Teeth Cause Headaches?

Yes, emerging or impacted wisdom teeth can be a reason for headache pain. Please keep reading to find out why wisdom teeth cause headaches.

Emerging wisdom teeth

You wisdom teeth usually emerge between the ages of 17 to 25 and are the third set of molars, located at the end of your jawbone. Most people have four wisdom teeth, two on top and two on the bottom, and they emerge about five years after your second set of molars emerge. This movement can make you uncomfortable and cause headaches.

Impacted wisdom teeth

If you have wisdom teeth that have grown improperly, you have impacted wisdom teeth. Impaction in wisdom teeth is very common because often there is not enough room available for their growth. This situation causes the wisdom teeth to push the other molars and emerge at an improper angle

When wisdom teeth grow in an area with less room, it causes them to exert force on the other molars. The force makes the molars to shift, resulting in an improper bite. The improper bite causes your lower jaw to compromise, which may cause soreness and pain, including headaches.

Other Issues with Wisdom Teeth

Impacted wisdom teeth can also cause some other problems that eventually result in pain and headaches, such as:

  • Tooth decay- As compared to other teeth, your partially impacted wisdom teeth are at a higher risk of getting decay.
  • Cysts- Your wisdom teeth develop in your jawbone in a sac. However, in some cases, the sac fills with fluid and becomes a cyst, which can cause damage to jawbone, teeth, and nerves.
  • Gum disease- If you have partially erupted wisdom teeth, you can find it difficult to clean it. The improper hygiene can make your mouth home to germs causing various gum diseases such as pericoronitis.

If you are having a headache and believe it might be due to your wisdom teeth, visit your local dentist. To book an appointment with Sima Dental Family Dental Center. Calls us at 281-457-6444.


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