Some people are fortunate enough never to experience wisdom tooth pain. For others, the pain caused by wisdom teeth can be unbearable. As with any tooth pain, your first step should be calling your dentist. A dentist can perform a visual exam and x-rays to determine if your pain is caused by wisdom teeth or something else.
Home Remedies for Your Wisdom Tooth Pain
If you do have to wait a few days to see your dentist, there are things you can do to relieve your tooth pain temporarily.
- Cold compresses or ice chips may numb the area enough to give you some relief.
- You may also try over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
- Rinsing your mouth with salt water can also be soothing.
- You can dissolve two teaspoons of salt in an eight-ounce glass of water and rinse gently. The salt water will help dislodge any food stuck between your teeth and under your gums that can make the pain worse.
- Rinsing away the trapped food can also reduce your chances of developing an infection that can exacerbate the pain and possibly delay getting the tooth extracted.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
As a general rule, extraction is the only permanent solution to wisdom tooth pain. Biscayne Dental Center is a multi-specialty practice offering wisdom tooth extraction in the North Miami area. The procedure is typically routine and complication-free. Most patients are able to manage any post-surgical pain at home with over-the-counter remedies, or a mild prescription pain medication. After the extraction, patients are advised to avoid solid foods temporarily to allow the area to heal, and to use an ice pack to reduce pain and swelling. Most patients are able to resume normal activities relatively quickly following the procedure.
Wisdom tooth extraction may not be an option for everyone due to potential risks caused by bleeding disorders or other health conditions. In these cases, the dentist may suggest the at home pain remedies mentioned earlier. The dentist may also prescribe special mouth rinses that will kill bacteria and reduce the risk of infection. A qualified dentist can recommend the best treatment option based on your specific health needs.