Firstly, what is a wisdom tooth? Wisdom teeth are the final teeth to erupt situated at the back of our mouth. They are the third and the very last set of molars. More often than not, wisdom teeth cause serious pain. And the solution (pretty much the only solution really) is to remove them. But, wisdom tooth pain relief is very possible at your own home.
Wisdom teeth can appear overnight out of nowhere. This leaves you with no clue for its arrival. The general idea is that the wisdom teeth grow in every individual. And the time is generally from 17 up to 25 years of age. During this time, it can pop up.
So, it is not like that you can take any precaution that will prevent the wisdom teeth to grow. If it has to grow, it is going to anyway.
Why the pain?
I could not think of why is it that the wisdom teeth cause pain? I mean we have other teeth coming through our gum. They don’t cause any pain, right? So, why does the wisdom tooth cause so much pain?
It is actually pretty simple. Our mouth is not supposed to have 32 teeth. That is why one reason for pain is that the wisdom teeth do not have much room. So, they get misaligned which causes pain.
Moreover, they cannot come out fully because of the insufficient space. They get stuck below or in the gum line. Furthermore, lack of space also causes them to come out at an angle rather than straight like the other teeth. This wrongly angled tooth is called an impacted wisdom tooth.
Additionally, sometimes wisdom teeth can cause infection. Infection occurs because wisdom tooth is harder to clean when you brush your teeth since they are positioned right at the back. In this way, food remains stuck in the wisdom tooth which invites bacteria to come between the tooth and the gum. This will lead to a more painful experience.
Also, infection can go on and spread on the other teeth nearby. That is why it is so important to stay aware of any infections.
You got wisdom tooth problem!
Before you start any wisdom tooth pain relief treatment, it is of course necessary to be sure that you actually do have this problem. So, how to be sure?
In general, you will know with the beginning of pain. Most people use the pain to identify this issue. The place becomes tender to touch, food, etc. But, you need to be certain that it is indeed wisdom tooth that’s causing pain.
You can go and do a simple X-ray. The X-ray is not going to lie, will it? If you go to any dentist and inform of the pain then the first step is going to be an X-ray.
Removing is the only solution!
Now that you are sure, make an appointment with your dentist. If you want to relieve the pain permanently then removing wisdom tooth is your solution. Therefore, the quicker you make the appointment the better it is for you.
The process of removal is simple and lasts only 5-15 minutes. Local anesthetic is injected in the area. This makes the area numb to any sort of pain. Cuts are made around the affected tooth. The wisdom tooth itself is cut into several small pieces and then removed.
Of course, the removal will take place after a week or so of the appointment made. In that time, you can try wisdom tooth pain relief at your home. Also, if your dentist is out of town then you can try some home remedies. But, keep in mind that these are just a temporary solution to the pain.
Home remedies for wisdom tooth pain relief
Pain and tenderness will continue to get worse with time. That is why you should not wait for the surgery. Start taking care of your wisdom tooth and reduce the pain yourself. Here are easy home remedies you can try to lessen the pain.
Applying ice chips works well for reducing swelling and inflammation. Wrap some ice in a clean cloth. You can use a small towel. Apply the wrapped ice cloth on the outside of your cheek. Also, apply to your jaw. Apply throughout the day with little intervals. This will help numb the pain as well as reduce swelling.
2) Rinse with warm salt water
Saltwater dissolved in warm water is a great way to fight against bacteria and infection. It will also help in reducing the unbearable pain. Warm up a glass of water and put 1 or 2 tablespoon of salt. Stir well to dissolve the salt in water. Rinse your mouth while it still remains warm. Keep rinsing for two minutes at least. You can continue to rinse as long as you can.
In fact, your dentist might also suggest this when you make the appointment. So, try out this easy as well as effective remedy.
Onion is also a good option for infected area. Onions contain phytochemicals that can fight well against the bacteria. I know it sounds awful to have raw onion. But, it is only going to help reduce your pain.
Besides, you don’t have to put a whole onion though. Cut them into small pieces and chew on the side of the pain. But, if the pain is too much to chew then just hold the onions with your hand on the affected area.
The idea is to get the juice over the area so that the pain is reduced and germs are killed. Moreover, you can also use a blender to make juice out of the onion. Then just like saltwater, rinse the onion juice in your mouth for a minute or two.
4) Guava leaves
Guava leaves are a good source to alleviate any tooth pain. They are good wisdom tooth pain relievers because they contain anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.All you have to do is chew on one or two leaves until juice comes out and starts working on the affected area. Moreover, you can also mix guava leaves in boiled water and rinse your mouth with the solution.
Garlic provides you relief from pain because of its antibiotic and other properties.You can either chew on little pieces of garlic or apply crushed garlic to the affected area.You can use these simple home remedies for wisdom tooth pain relief. These five temporary solutions are easy to find at everyone’s homes. Moreover, the applications of these are easy too.There are other advanced remedies that you can try. Here are some of them that you should know.
Under the supervision of your dentist, you can take aspirin to relieve pain. For people who experience mouth problem, aspirin could be a good solution. But, you just need to keep in check how much you take.
Over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication
There are different over-the-counter pain medications that you can use. They will help in reducing the pain. NSAIDs (one type of OTC pain relievers) help to reduce inflammation that might be caused by wisdom tooth. Furthermore, Ibuprofen is another OTC pain reliever which deals with inflammation.Until you see your dentist for wisdom tooth removal, you can take OTC pain medications with certain limitations.
The numbing gel helps to make the affected area numb to any pain. This helps so much with the wisdom tooth pain. You can use a dental numbing gel regularly up until the surgery. But, you should still follow the instructions included.In addition to all these, there are other remedies you can try out yourself. These include cloves, clove oil, peppermint, turmeric, etc.
What you should avoid& indulge
If you do have a wisdom tooth growing then there are some things you should avoid doing. You don’t want to increase the pain, do you? And there are things that you should do.
- Avoid taking hard foods. And try to eat with the side that is not affected. Chew any food slowly while being extremely cautious.
- Do not take too much sweet food or foods that contain much sweetness. This is because sweets tend to get stuck inside in between the tooth and the gum. And this invites unnecessary bacteria which can lead to infection.
- Don’t stop brushing. To keep infection to a minimum, you should brush your teeth regularly twice a day. But, brush slowly the affected area.
- Drinking lots of water is recommended. Water keeps the gum cleaner and can keep infection from spreading.
You can only have wisdom tooth pain relief to a degree. You have to eventually go and remove the teeth. That is why making an appointment for removal should be your first step towards permanent relief from wisdom tooth pain.