You could go your entire life without a single twinge of pain from your wisdom teeth. They may never even break through your gums and grow in, or maybe only a couple out of the four will make an appearance.
Unfortunately, many people will find themselves suffering from pain radiating from their wisdom teeth. This pain can range from a temporary problem that will go away with a few basic remedies, to a severe issue that might require surgery.
Sometimes home remedies can alleviate some or all of the pain coming from your wisdom teeth. When the pain first starts to bother you, you may want to consider trying some of these simple options before heading down the road of wisdom teeth extraction.
In any case, there are a number of specific things that can be done to get rid of wisdom teeth pain before, during, and after surgery. Note that this information does not act as a replacement for medical advice, and you should always consult your dentist if you are experiencing wisdom teeth pain.
1. Brush your teeth.
The most common remedy for solving the most basic issues with your teeth, or even preventing them from occurring in the first place, is to brush your teeth on a regular basis. Many people often miss brushing the wisdom teeth area as it is right at the back of their mouth, resulting in food particles being stuck and irritating the teeth and the surrounding gum.
Simply remembering to regularly brush this area and doing so carefully can dislodge these food particles. Once they are dislodged and out of your mouth, it should not take very long before the pain radiating from your wisdom teeth disappears.
2. Gargle some water.
Gargling some water in your mouth does a couple of things when you are attempting to get rid of pain in your wisdom teeth. First, it can dislodge anything that may be stuck in the surrounding area. The other thing that is does is that it helps to disinfect your mouth when you add a little bit of salt to mix. The disinfecting process that it provides helps to deal with any infection that may be present. The salt itself will also help to reduce any swelling that might be causing you pain, as well as toughening your gums.
No matter the temperature of the water-based mix, the process is the same. Swish and gargle some of the water around the affected areas in your mouth before spitting it out, sending any debris along with it. It is important to note, however, that if your mouth is sensitive to the cold, it would be best to avoid using cold water as that may end up causing you even more pain.
3. Eat some popsicles.
When you eat a popsicle on a regular day, you are often left with a cold feeling on your lips and in your mouth. This feeling can be quite helpful when you are trying to get rid of wisdom teeth pain. If you take care to ensure that the popsicle chills the pained area, it will often go numb so that you cannot feel the sharp stings of pain.
Note however that this is often only a temporary solution and when the numbing feeling wears off, you may still be left with some wisdom teeth pain. However, this method works great if you are not sure of what may be causing the wisdom teeth to be painful or you are simply waiting for your surgery.
4. Know your body.
Unfortunately, the methods listed above may not be successful in getting rid of your wisdom teeth pain, or your dentist has already told you that your wisdom teeth need to be extracted. At this point, having surgery is not only the best course of action for a permanent solution to your pain, but also could be the only option available to you.
There are a few indications that can help you and your dentist know that surgery is the best option when your wisdom teeth are causing you pain, including: an impacted tooth, stiffness in your jaw, any awkwardly angled teeth, infected gum tissue, or not enough room in your mouth to properly house and clean the wisdom teeth.
When you go in for surgery, one of the most important things to discuss with your dentist and oral surgeon is the type of anaesthesia that would work best for you. Local anaesthesia will block any feeling in your gums, however you will remain awake during the entire procedure. This can often make some patients uncomfortable, so discussing whether or not you can handle it is a good decision.
If you are unsure of how you might react, or you have had some reactions to things such as needles or drawing blood, you and your oral surgeon/dentist should discuss your second option: general anaesthesia. In general anaesthesia you will be asleep for the entire procedure and as a result should not feel any kind of discomfort or pain.
5. Listen to your dentist.
After your wisdom teeth have been extracted, there will most likely still be some pain radiating from the area for a couple weeks after the procedure. The most important advice for getting rid of wisdom teeth pain after surgery is simply to follow the advice that your oral surgeon gives you.
This advice may include: using caution when brushing your teeth (the area is very sensitive), gargling with salt water a few times each day (especially after you eat), and following all of the prescriptions that you are given (these can be: a pain medication such as Tylenol 3, or an antibiotic), and holding a cold wash cloth or ice pack to the outside of your cheek.
When your wisdom teeth begin to appear, it is important to keep your dentist in the loop with their progress, noting any significant changes or pain. The sooner you catch the pain, the sooner it can be dealt with. Finally, while having your wisdom teeth extracted may be a more drastic option, once the recovery process is complete there will no long be any kind of pain radiating form that area as a result of your wisdom teeth. Keep your teeth healthy, and you might not have to go to surgery after all.