I've been having some pain in the top and bottom jaw around the canine teeth for the last few days. I'm wondering if it was due to a couple of my teeth having cavities but the ones on the top have been fixed. The pain started in both places at the same time and has been hurting off and on. This winter I've had two impacted wisdom teeth trying to come in on the bottom. The top ones are most of the way in but not completely. I've had two abscessed teeth before at the same time and that pain was extremely painful and constant. The teeth also kept having toothaches before I had gotten the abscess. This pain I can't pin point to certain teeth. I'm starting to wonder if the pain is from overcrowding from the wisdom teeth. The teeth have been getting wedged closer and closer together during this winter. One tooth on the bottom was already tilted inward but has been moving more inward and the top teeth are so close that I have a hard time flossing without it shredding (it's the glide kind also). I called up and got an appointment for next Tuesday to have an oral surgeon look at my wisdom teeth to see about removing them since they need removed anyway. One thing I'm worrying about is if I get the wisdom teeth removed and that wasn't what was making them hurt and have the extraction pain plus the other teeth aching at the same time. I'll definitely ask him about the pain cause I don't want to have an infection before having them pulled. If my teeth start hurting more before Tuesday I will call another dentist up to have them checked out. I've been putting off having my wisdom teeth removed for 10 years due to me being scared to death of having the extraction done. I had some problems with my childhood dentist that I think caused this fear. The only thing I'm glad about is that I will be gassed out during the extraction. I'm wondering if anyone knew if the after pain was worse than an abscessed tooth? The abscessed teeth I had I could barely stand and went in for emergency draining. Pain medicine doesn't really work to good on me. I do plan on stocking up with water, puddings, jellos, apple sauce, mild soups, DVDs, and a puke bucket just incase after having them extracted since I've gotten sick before when I was gassed out. I'll have the bed stocked up with pillows so I can lean back up stay upright. Will have ice packs ready to help with swelling. I do know not to spit, suck, rinse, or use any straws to avoid dry socket. Is there anything else I should have ready or be aware of?