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We have all known somebody or have had a personal experience with wisdom teeth pain. It can be an excruciating problem, with many of us not having space in our mouths to accommodate emerging wisdom teeth. In this situation a wisdom tooth can get stuck against another tooth and grow at an angle under the gum, which is called an impacted wisdom tooth. 

Of course the most obvious course of action is to contact a dentist or an oral surgeon to make an appointment, but in the meantime here are some simple ways to help relieve pain and swelling at home. 

An ice pack held on the outside of the cheek (or cheeks if you are especially unlucky!) where the pain is occurring can be beneficial. Simply purchase an ice pack from your local chemist, or wrap a pack of frozen vegetables or some ice in a tea towel and apply for 20 minutes, remove for the same amount of time and repeat as needed. This will help to reduce swelling and numb the pain caused by your wisdom teeth

Rinsing your mouth out with warm salt water throughout the day can also bring relief when dealing with wisdom teeth pain. Salt water helps by killing bacteria and reducing inflammation. If the pain is not too bad, rinse with salt water 1-2 times per day, or if you are really struggling with bad pain rinse every 2-3 hours. Just dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in 250ml of warm water for each rinse. 

You can also try an over-the-counter medicine to help relieve pain, such as Bonjela teething gel, ibuprofen or aspirin. 

At the end of the day all of these options will help with wisdom teeth pain, but are only short-term solutions that treat the symptoms but don’t completely resolve the issue. It is important that if you start to experience any pain from emerging wisdom teeth that you speak to a dentist or an oral surgeon. If you are in the Sydney area, contact The Wisdom Teeth Professionals for a reputable and professional oral surgeon in Sydney who will advise you if extraction is necessary. Don’t keep living with the pain and risking further complications!

As discussed above, Wisdom teeth pain might be constant in some people, while others experience discomfort only when eating food. Most dentists’ advice on the removal of the wisdom teeth even before the wisdom teeth pain in jaw erupts. You might actually have a lot of questions regarding wisdom teeth pain and wisdom teeth pain after removal. Here are our answers to your questions.

What are the Wisdom Teeth Pain Symptoms?

The following are the symptoms of wisdom teeth pain -

  • You will feel wisdom teeth pain at the backside of the mouth, especially behind the molars.
  • If you observe your mouth using a mirror, you will see a wisdom tooth that has begun to push through the gums.
  • The area where the wisdom tooth begins to erupt will be enflamed, reddish in colour and sore.
  • There are some people who do not even show visible symptoms of wisdom teeth pain in jaw.
  • Oral pain can otherwise also be caused by a number of other factors. This will include tooth abscess, teeth grinding, infection in gums and includes even fracture.

It does not matter as to what is causing your wisdom teeth pain, you must consult your dentist even you experience slightest of the oral pain.

Are there any tips for wisdom teeth pain relief?

So, now you have got your appointment to get you wisdom tooth removed, but the schedule is only after a few days, here are some home remedies for wisdom teeth pain relief, until your appointment with the dentist.

  • Ice Cubes – Rub the ice over the painful wisdom teeth to numb the area and reduce the swelling.
  • Pain Relievers – they will help ease the pain temporarily
  • Rinse with salt water – Add a table spoon of salt to Luke warm water and rinse your mouth thoroughly, this will help remove the food particles and bacteria that is vesting in the mouth, which could possibly cause an infection.
  • Clove Oil – take a few drops of clove oil on a cotton bud and apply it over the sore area. This has the ability to provide a natural numbing effect. Or you can also place a whole clove on the affected area to get some relief. However, oil is considered to be the most comfortable option.

In some cases, people with bleeding disorders, or some other cause, will not be a good candidate for the wisdom tooth extraction. In these cases, the dentist will prescribe pain management solutions, or suggest a mouth rinse which will help clean the mouth after meals.

What happens when there is not enough room for the Wisdom tooth to grow?

When there is not enough room for the wisdom tooth to grow, it might erupt in the wrong position. Here are a few warnings that you should look for –

  • If the wisdom tooth is not growing in the right position, it will cause the food to be trapped, and it paves way for the growth of bacteria in the mouth.
  • It will make flossing difficult between the teeth and the molars adjacent to it.
  • Pain, stiffness or swelling in the area where the wisdom tooth has partially erupted.
  • Crowing of wisdom tooth, thereby damaging the neighbouring teeth.
  • Formation of cyst near the impacted tooth. This will gradually damage the roots of the nearby teeth and simultaneously impair the bone that supports the teeth. 

Wisdom teeth pain after removal – How long will it take to cure?

It depends on people to people basis. A few will be alright immediately after they leave the dentist’s chair, while a few might take a longer time, if they had to get multiple teeth extracted.  It will take about 2 weeks for a complete recovery post extraction, but the pain and swelling will lessen in 3 days. These are the common symptoms which is experienced by most patients after a wisdom tooth extraction –

  • Bruises on the cheek
  • Swollen mouth
  • Pain around the extracted area
  • Stiffness in jaw
  • Tingling in the lips
  • Mild oozing of blood 

However, before you leave the dentist, he will give you painkillers and instructions on how to care for your mouth after extraction. Also, it is important to keep your mouth clean to forbid any infection. But, be very careful when brushing the teeth, in case if you had stitches in the area, you must not upset the area too much. 

Wisdom teeth pain in jaw – What are the Causes?

Jaw pain is one of the most common symptoms of impacted wisdom tooth. This is because, the tooth is trapped underneath the gum line and cannot break out properly. Infection in this area will cause throbbing pain, which spreads through the jaw. In case, if the tooth has emerged sideways, it is sure to cause pressure in the surrounding tooths as well and worsen the jaw pain. If you suspect that the jaw pain is caused by the impacted wisdom tooth, get in touch with a dentist immediately.

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