Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to make an appearance, usually between the ages of 17 and 25. The feeling of the tooth pushing through the gums is painful. And often, there is no room left in a person’s mouth for the wisdom teeth as the rest of the adult teeth have already developed. Many people opt to have their wisdom teeth removed as they cause trouble and pain. Freedom Dental offers wisdom teeth removal procedures.
Sometimes, removal is not needed and the pain just needs to be managed until the wisdom teeth have fully erupted. Here are some remedies to treat the pain during growth or while waiting for your removal procedure.
Pain Relief Medication
Over the counter pain relief medication will numb the area and reduce inflammation. Taking the recommended dose will help relieve discomfort. A numbing dental gel will have the same effect. Make sure you follow the instructions and if the pain persists, call your dentist.
Ice and Heat Packs
Applying an ice pack to your jaw can help reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and numb the area. Alternatively, a heat pack can be applied to relieve tension and increase blood flow. Apply the pack for up to 15 minutes with breaks of another 15 minutes until the pain has subsided.
Salt Water Rinse
Salt water is a natural disinfectant. Rinsing your mouth with salt water can reduce bacteria. A possible cause of wisdom teeth pain can be a build-up of bacteria in the broken gums. The salt water rinse will help treat the infection. Dissolve ¾ of a teaspoon of salt in lukewarm water and mix it up. Swish around your mouth for 30 seconds and then spit out. Repeat twice a day.
Cloves and clove oil with their numbing effect have been shown to be an effective pain reliever for wisdom tooth pain. If using a whole clove, place the clove over the wisdom tooth that is causing pain, hold it in place by closing your jaw but do not chew. Leave it there until the pain has reduced. If using clove oil, put a few drops onto a cotton wool ball and place against the wisdom tooth. Hold in place until the pain subsides. Cloves also have an added benefit of fighting off bacteria and risks of infections.
Tannins contained in tea bags have been found to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. To use tea bags to reduce swelling and fight bacteria around your wisdom teeth make a cup of tea without milk or sugar – just water and the teabag. Place the tea bag in the water and place it in the fridge. Once the tea is cold, grab the tea bag from the cup and place over the painful wisdom tooth.
Other Natural Remedies
There are a vast array of different foods and plants that can help reduce pain, lower swelling, and fight infection. Peppermint, aloe vera, crushed garlic, crushed ginger, turmeric, wheatgrass, oregano oil, thyme oil, capsaicin, lavender oil, and onion are all options to help reduce pain around your wisdom teeth.
Freedom Dental Will Help Put A Stop To The Pain Of Wisdom Teeth
Our dental team at Freedom Dental have helped many patients manage the pain caused by wisdom teeth. We can help you manage the pain while waiting for the teeth to fully erupt, and are experts at wisdom teeth extraction. If you’d like to learn more about our wisdom teeth services in Melbourne give us a call on (03) 9828 3888.