6 Ways to Deal with Wisdom Teeth Pain
Unfortunately, when you hear the words ‘wisdom teeth’, you probably automatically think ‘trouble’. Or, more specifically, you think ‘pain’.
That’s because they rarely start to come through the gums before the age of 17, and – just like how babies cry when they’re cutting teeth – they can initially be uncomfortable.
Of course, a dentist will know best as to whether wisdom teeth need to be removed, because leaving them in can cause significant problems and unresolved pain.
Wisdom teeth typically need to be removed if:
– Impacted teeth cause cavities and infections
– The infection could affect nearby teeth as well
– Cysts form that threaten the jaw bone
– Gums are swollen, nerves are exposed, and teeth feel loose.
And there are other problems that may occur as well. However, in many cases, your wisdom teeth trouble might be minor – just like that unhappy baby breaking in her first teeth. Gums can be tender, jaws can ache and your teeth can simply hurt.
But it may not be necessary to have them removed. If that’s the case for you, here are some things you can do to ease the pain and discomfort:
Before you do anything else, make sure you’re cleaning your teeth and mouth effectively each day. If trouble is brewing in your mouth, you’re particularly prone to infections which can make things a whole lot worse.
Sometimes, a simple mouth rinse can significantly ease temporary dental pain. The best mouthwash is Chlorhexidine (Savacol).
A traditional mix of half a cup of warm water and a teaspoon of salt, which is then swished and gargled around your mouth before being spat out, is better than nothing, but the Savacol is still best.
Simply holding an ice pack on your cheek can also help – and if you don’t have a special chemist version, frozen vegetables wrapped in a tea towel will do the trick.
Just like you put pain-numbing gel on a toddler’s gums to help with that discomfort, the same can also help in the case of wisdom teeth pain. For best results, use a cloth to make sure your mouth is dry before dabbing it onto the affected area.
5. Pain relief
It is not a sign of weakness to reach for some over-the-counter pain relievers, like paracetamol. But Ibuprofen can be an even better choice and it’s what is often prescribed after wisdom teeth surgery, because it helps with swelling too.
6. Pain Free Dental Clinic
Any or all of the above will likely help with your wisdom teeth pain, but if it doesn’t go away or it just keeps getting worse, it will definitely be time to see a dentist. In many cases, removal can be avoided, but if it really is necessary it can often be no more significant than the extraction of other teeth.
Pain Free Dental Clinic are experts in both helping you manage and eliminate your pain and perform wisdom teeth extractions that are as pain-free as possible, so get in touch today to learn more.
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