Wisdom teeth can be a real pain at the best of times, but when they start acting up it can make for a pretty miserable experience. The good news is that you don’t have to suffer from tooth discomfort. Instead, there are several avenues that you can take to seek out wisdom tooth pain relief.
If you didn’t already know, wisdom teeth are so-called because they are the last teeth to erupt (often in your late teens or early twenties) with the idea being that you are older and wiser when you have them. However, for a variety of reasons, they don’t fit into our modern development and because of this, they can and do cause wisdom tooth pain.
While some people will only experience a slight degree of discomfort others develop more pronounced pain. Sometimes wisdom tooth pain can be unrelenting making for a miserable experience.
So what causes wisdom tooth pain?
Wisdom tooth pain can be caused by several factors. This may include the way that they develop in the mouth. For instance, wisdom teeth sometimes don’t form in perfect alignment and as they grow they can undermine adjacent teeth. Alternatively, there isn’t always sufficient room for them to grow and they can push against other teeth. Finally, it could be that they do break through the gum but as they do so, an infection develops which can trigger bouts of wisdom tooth pain.
How to get rid of wisdom tooth pain – Home remedies for wisdom tooth pain relief
Of course, if you are experiencing slight discomfort at the back of your mouth but aren’t sure exactly where it’s coming from, then you might want to hold off visiting your dentist.
One course of action that might alleviate the discomfort is to take over-the-counter painkillers. But while they can help you get on with your day, it’s unlikely to be a permanent solution.
If the discomfort continues for longer than a few days or worsens, then it’s probably best to pay a visit to your local dentist who can take a closer look to see exactly what’s happening.
Another home remedy is to regularly rinse your mouth with warm salt water. This may help to eradicate any bacteria located in the mouth which may otherwise be causing an infection.
Alternatively, It could be that your third molars are coming through okay, but the discomfort felt is just the natural final stages of your dental progression. If this is the case, then applying pieces of ice to the area may be enough to numb and reduce any swelling sufficiently to alleviate any temporary wisdom tooth pain.
Professional help for wisdom tooth pain relief
If none of these remedies has worked, or if the pain is recurring, then you should book a visit to your chosen dentist.
They’ll be able to investigate the cause of all your wisdom tooth pain and from this will develop a personalised treatment plan to help.
So how can a dentist help?
Examinations and X-rays
Firstly, they will undertake a series of examinations and x-rays to determine the cause of the problem. With modern technology, dental x-rays are a speedy, safe and efficient way of determining what’s going on below the surface of your gums. From these findings, your dentist will develop your personalised treatment plan. Options include:
If it looks like your wisdom tooth is developing naturally, but infection has developed as it’s broken through the gum, a course of antibiotics may be recommended to fight the infection. If effective, then this should bring about some much-needed wisdom tooth pain relief. This is usually followed up with regular further examinations to check on progress.
In some cases when wisdom teeth have insufficient room to grow, some patients develop a flap of gum tissue which sits over a partially erupted tooth. Sometimes this flap of tissue (otherwise known as the operculum) can become infected.
After the area has been cleaned and flushed out to ensure any infection is gone, your dentist may recommend a common minor surgical procedure known as an operculectomy to remove it. This may be enough to ensure the partially erupted tooth grows through naturally with patients experiencing no more wisdom tooth pain.
If it’s perceived that your wisdom tooth or teeth are likely to cause further problems, then your dentist is likely to recommend a wisdom tooth extraction. Although it sounds daunting, in truth it’s a pretty common procedure that (in many cases) is carried out chairside under a local anaesthetic. In fact, around 10 million extractions are thought to be carried out every year.
Because wisdom teeth aren’t needed in the mouth and don’t affect the form or functional makeup of the jaw, a wisdom tooth extraction is often the most popular outcome and certainly one that can alleviate any wisdom tooth pain. Most people recover from a simple extraction within a few days, but it can take longer for more complex or multiple tooth removals.
Either way, patients should recover normally without having to worry about any further wisdom tooth pain or problems.
The key takeaway
If you experience wisdom tooth pain you’re certainly not alone. It’s a common problem but one that can be treated, either by simple home remedies or if the problem persists, by your local experienced dentist.
If you have painful wisdom teeth and are not sure what to do to bring about wisdom tooth pain relief, then contact the team at Beyond Infinity Dental. We have the latest technology and a highly trained team to help eradicate any discomfort and you can be sure of the highest levels of care and attention during your visit.
Call us on 02 8806 3799 or visit our website to book an appointment online.