The wisdom teeth are usually the last to develop, but they can often make the loudest entrance. Many people experience pain when their wisdom teeth are growing, as a result of a lack of space in the jaw. If you’re suffering, there are steps you can take to alleviate pain and increase comfort. Here are 3 tips:
- Take painkillers: if you’ve got tooth pain caused by your wisdom teeth pushing through, it’s a good idea to take pain relief medication. You can buy tablets over the counter, and you should find that your pain eases after around 15-30 minutes. If you are taking painkillers, make sure you follow the dosage instructions. If you’re taking other forms of medication, ask a pharmacist for advice before you take painkillers.
- Apply an ice pack: when your wisdom teeth erupt, it’s common for the gums to become swollen and sore. If you’ve got painful gums, applying an ice pack can help to ease discomfort and reduce inflammation. Wrap an ice pack in a cloth or a small towel before you apply it to your mouth.
- Contact your dentist: in many cases, wisdom tooth pain comes and goes without any cause for intervention. However, in some cases, pain is persistent, and this may be due to the fact that the tooth is infected or impacted (this means that the tooth has started to grow at an angle and push against the neighbouring tooth). If this is the case, your dentist may recommend extracting the affected tooth. You don’t actually need your wisdom teeth, so if your tooth is causing you a lot of pain, it may be better to take it out. Your dentist will discuss the options with you and help you decide what’s best for you.
If you’re struggling with your wisdom teeth, don’t hesitate to get in touch! Our experienced, friendly dentists will do all they can to put a smile back on your face.