The arrival of your wisdom teeth can bring about the memories of what toddlers feel and suffer when teething – tender gums, aching teeth and acute pain. A wisdom tooth can sometimes come out of nowhere without a clear sign of warning. The discomfort that comes along gradually with wisdom teeth can be perhaps mistaken for something else and be shrugged off easily.
Definition: Wisdom teeth are the molars, black teeth that usually make their appearance in the late teens or early 20s. There are two wisdom teeth in the upper jaw and two in the lower jaw that begin to push through the skin causing pain and are more likely to develop at an incorrect angle, even sideways that can eventually radiate pain to the teeth in front of it.
Wisdom teeth can result in hoist of potential issues in your dental health, including infections and even cysts. Therefore, it is important to talk to your general dentist to determine treatment options. For most, you can be recommended for teeth removal and till then you may consider these following tips to confront the soreness naturally.
Wisdom Teeth Pain Relief Temporarily
In order to alleviate pain at home, get a pack of ice chips and apply on and around the site to help numb the area. Over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen can also be used to help diminish the throbbing sensation while you concentrate on visiting your dentist. However, always read package directions and the dosages before taking them.
You can also develop the habit of gently rinsing your mouth with a salt-water solution to clean your mouth and dislodge the accumulated food particles in the gums around your tooth that intensifies wisdom tooth pain. It’s advisable to repeat this as necessary throughout the day, especially after meals.
Extraction may not always be the best option for some as the procedure carries potential risk for complication such as bleeding disorder. In such cases, you may want to go along with the pain management options mentioned above. Your dentist may also recommend special mouth rinse that will clean your mouth and kill infection causing bacteria as well.
While you may be able to find relief at home, it’s utmost important to remember that these measures are a temporary fix and therefore seeking dentist’s appointment to determine if you need to go through tooth extraction is always a good idea.
Complete tooth extraction of the wisdom teeth is the only permanent solution. You may be required to apply cold compresses and ice packs gently on the face to help reduce pain and bring down swelling, and follow dietary changes and prescribed medication and OTC pain relievers to manage post-surgical pain.
Wisdom tooth pain should not be taken lightly and one must follow at-home pain management or dentist recommended extraction to alleviate pain and protect your oral and overall health and well being.
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