The wisdom teeth have something of a bad reputation and this is because they can be very painful when they appear. For many people, the wisdom teeth erupt and develop without any issues, but sometimes, they can cause discomfort. This is usually due to the fact that there is a lack of space available in the jaw for the new teeth. If you are suffering from pain, here are three things you can do to reduce wisdom tooth discomfort.
- Take over the counter painkillers: if you have dental pain, over the counter painkillers can help to alleviate symptoms and make you feel better. Make sure you read the labels and stick to the recommended dosage. If you’re unsure what to take, we can help or you can ask a pharmacist for advice. Take care if you’re already taking medication for an underlying illness; in this case, seek advice from your pharmacist.
- Apply an ice pack: when your wisdom teeth are coming through, this can cause your gums to become painful and swollen. If you’ve got sore gums, applying an ice pack can help to reduce inflammation and ease pain. Make sure the ice pack is wrapped in a cloth or towel to prevent direct contact with the skin.
- See your dentist: wisdom tooth pain can come and go very quickly without any need for treatment, but if you have persistent pain or your pain is very severe, call and make an appointment. Sometimes, the teeth can become infected or impacted (when they push against the neighbouring tooth) and in this case, it is often best to remove them to prevent any further problems.