You may not remember how teething felt when you were a baby but the pain you feel when your wisdom teeth emerge from your gums is somewhat a similar experience. Symptoms that accompany include aching teeth, pain and tender gums. Apart from affecting your daily life, wisdom tooth pain may also lead to some dental health problems. First, you must understand the cause of your sore gums and ensure it is arising from the arrival of wisdom teeth. Doing so will rule out other likely causes of toothache that could be potentially harmful in the long term.
Why wisdom tooth pain occurs
Often called the “third molars” in your mouth, wisdom teeth usually emerge in teenagers and adults between ages 17 to 21, but it is possible to have them earlier or later as well. Each quadrant in your mouth will grow one wisdom tooth. These four teeth push through the gums like any other tooth, causing pain and discomfort.
Your wisdom teeth will emerge in an incorrect angle, even sideways sometimes, leading to impacted teeth. This may cause pain to travel to the teeth in front. Sometimes wisdom teeth may even result in a myriad of problems, including infections and cysts. Therefore, consulting a dentist is critical to improve your dental condition and reduce pain.
Wisdom tooth pain relief
There are a number of options available to improve wisdom tooth pain pain at home. However, it is important to remember that most pain-reliving measures are a temporary fix and will not give you long-term relief. Therefore, it is important that you make an appointment with a dentist to check your wisdom teeth. If the pain seems to be severe or recurrent, or if the surrounding tissue such as gum and cheek areas become swollen and painful you should see an emergency dentist as the pain and swelling may increase to a dangerous level. The dentist will determine the best possible approach to treat pain and accompanying symptoms, which may involve wisdom teeth extraction.
In the meantime, you can follow these self-care measures to improve pain:
Over the counter painkillers
Over-the-counter painkillers can help relieve the throbbing sensation and sharp pain associated with toothaches so that you can get through your day without any interruptions. Make sure you read the package instructions and talk to the pharmacist about the recommended dosages.
People who cannot take ibuprofen due to asthma, stomach problems or other reasons should take paracetemol. Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers should also take paracetamol for pain. Avoid giving aspirin to people under 16 years of age.
Rinsing your mouth with saltwater may help relieve wisdom teeth pain. Mix one cup of warm water with one teaspoon of salt. Stir to dissolve the salt and swish the solution in your mouth for 30 to 60 seconds before spitting it all out. Repeat as needed throughout the day.
Cloves and clove oil
This is a classic remedy for toothaches. You can heal your toothache naturally by placing an entire clove directly on the painful spot and holding it there until the area feels numbed. Alternatively, you can soak a cotton ball in a small amount of clove oil and place it gently over sore gums for pain relief.