Many people say that pain is fleeting and that it only lasts for a moment. But a person suffering from wisdom teeth pain will not believe that saying. That is because the ache seems to last forever due to the everlasting soreness of the wisdom tooth area. It is so painful that biting into food is torture, the teeth are extremely sensitive to air and water, and the discomfort radiates from the tooth-to-jaw area. Worse, it may leave your mouth with a foul smell, or you may have a fever due to the soreness.
The typical age for wisdom teeth pain is during early adulthood, specifically between the ages of seventeen and twenty-one. It is because the wisdom tooth (also known as “the third set of molars”) of a person starts to grow at that age range. These are the last set of teeth to emerge, after fallen baby teeth and retaining a permanent array of pearly whites. Since they come out in early adulthood, other people expect that a person growing his new suite of teeth is now wiser with age. But no person can be prepared for the onslaught of anguish that newly-emerging teeth bring. So here are the tips on how to reduce the pain only a wisdom tooth can give.
Once you experience the pain, the standard recommendation is for you to go to a professional dentist. But if it is not yet possible, home remedies have come to save your day. A soft, cold compress such as an ice pack can help the swollen gums go down and numb the surrounding areas of your tooth. (Be sure to wrap a towel around the ice-bag to avoid extreme-cold related injuries.) Add an extra punch to the remedy by using a cold, refrigerated tea bag directly on the teeth and the surrounding areas. Teas have anti-inflammatory properties that lessen the pain. You can apply these for around fifteen to twenty minutes every couple of hours for relief.
Reducing dental bacteria via a salt water rinse is also helpful in sending the pain away for some time. It can help heal the swollenness and a possible wound quicker due to the salt. Two dissolved tablespoons of salt in an eight-ounce glass of warm water can relieve your tooth’s tenderness. Swish it around the painful tooth for about a minute, and spit. Never put salt directly on the tooth, as it is abrasive. It may cause more damage than the repair one wishes.
Also, keep your teeth clean all the time by drinking a lot of water to flush bacteria and remaining food away from the affected area. You should also brush and floss regularly. Mouthwash also helps in lessening infection-causing germs in the mouth. Foods that are high in sugar can intensify your tooth pain. Hard food makes the pain worse, especially if you accidentally chew on it. These remedies can reduce pain, but these will only be temporary.
Pain relievers such as paracetamol, ibuprofen, and Tylenol are just some of the ways to ease your tooth pain. An over-the-counter anesthetic gel called Benzocaine works wonders for the affected area by soothing the ache, even just for some time. While these are effective in relieving the pain, these are still medicated solutions. It is best to consult a dentist, doctor, or pharmacist for dosing recommendations and duration of use.
A wisdom tooth extraction
Pain is often a symptom that something is wrong. On and off wisdom tooth pain can sometimes be signs of an infection. Maybe it would be fine if it is only local to the painful area. But what is worse is that it may radiate to other nearby areas such as the jaw, ear, and tonsils. A sore throat and a headache can also be common symptoms. And if you already notice numbness of the teeth, jaws, and lips, then you may have a nerve infection that needs to be addressed right away.
An extraction is usually the best option. A local anesthetic injected into the area will cause numbness, and the tooth removal begins. The procedure lasts for a couple of minutes. The gum will be sore for a few days after the anesthesia wears off, but it is better than having tooth pain that seems to last eternally.
When your pain is already unbearable, and your quality of life suffers immensely, you should not prolong the agony. Mind the advice of your dentist and get that wisdom tooth extracted as soon as possible.