Oral Pain & Wisdom Teeth

Sore wisdom toothMost likely you don’t not recall what teething when you were a baby feels like, but when you experience wisdom teeth coming in, you will know first hand what a baby goes through.  Wisdom teeth can create more than just tender gums and sore teeth, they can actually cause problems with your dental health.

When you begin to start to understand the reason behind the sore gums and aching teeth, you can successfully find a pain relief that will reduce the pains in your mouth.   Wisdom teeth generally come in between the ages of 17 and 21, although this is not a steadfast rule.  Often called your third molars, the four teeth push through your gums just like any other tooth.  This can create pain, and because these teeth sometimes grow at an incorrect angle, or even sideways, the pain can increase significantly.  This is called an impaction and can cause pain to radiate to other parts of your mouth. The American dental association says wisdom teeth may cause an abundance of issues such as infections and cysts.  It’s important to make an appointment with your dentist as soon as your wisdom teeth begin to come in.

More often than not, your dentist may recommend removal of your wisdom teeth.  Until you do have them removed, you will probably be searching for some type of relief.  Rinsing your mouth with a solution of one cup of warm water, with one teaspoon of salt can be beneficial.  Mix the salt into the warm water and stir until dissolved. Swish in your mouth for about 1 minute, then spit into a sink.  This process can be repeated throughout the day as needed.

Wisdom teeth pain can really disrupt your day.  You may search for ways to numb the area and dull the pain.  Using a product that contains benzocaine  can prove to be beneficial.  Spreading a gel-based product such as Colgate orabase on the gum where the tooth is protruding can help ease some of the discomfort. Use a clean, dry cloth to apply to the areas, you may reapply throughout the day as needed.

Should you prefer to use an old wives tale remedy, you may opt for cloves, or oil of cloves.  You may already have this in your spice rack so it may be the first attempt in stopping the discomfort.  To use this method, use a whole clove, do not crush or cut it.  Put it in your mouth directly over the spot that hurts.  Keep the clove in your mouth until you start to feel the numbing sensation.  You may opt to use the oil instead, simply dab some on a cotton ball and rub it over sore gums.  Another solution is over the counter pain medications.  Ibuprofen can help to alleviate the throbbing sensation, so you can get the pain under control.  It is important to read the instructions on the bottle, following dosage guidelines.  Check with your doctor or dentist with any questions. 1

All of these pain relief measures are a temporary solution.  Always see your dentist to discuss the best form of treatment.

Reference:  wisdomtoothpain.org

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