Our wisdom teeth usually begin to emerge between the ages of 17 and 21. While healthy wisdom teeth don't usually cause a tremendous amount of pain, they can be bothersome. Thankfully, there are some things you can do to help stop your wisdom tooth pain.
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Things you need
- Chewing gum
- Topical numbing agent
Make an appointment with your dentist if you experience constant or severe pain. Severe pain, or pain that doesn't subside after a few days, may indicate a serious problem that your dentist needs to be aware of. If your pain doesn't respond to these simple treatments, make an appointment as soon as possible.
Try chewing gum on the side where you're experiencing pain. Chewing gum will gently massage the painful area and may offer some temporary relief.
Use a topical numbing agent. Oral numbing medications can be bought over-the-counter at most pharmacies, discount department stores, and supermarkets. Just apply a small amount to the affected area to numb the site for up to 30 minutes at a time.
Try a warm saltwater rinse. Warm saltwater will help ease moderate wisdom tooth pain without the use of medications. Just swish the solution in your mouth for 30 seconds and spit. Be careful not to swallow the saltwater.
Use over-the-counter pain relievers. Acetaminophen helps relieve the pain associated with emerging wisdom teeth. Follow the dosage and directions on the pain reliever packaging and pay close attention to any warnings labelled on the bottle. If you have other medical conditions or are taking other medications, consult your doctor before taking any over-the-counter medication to avoid harmful drug interactions.
Tips and warnings
- After your wisdom teeth have emerged completely, your pain should stop. If it doesn't, consult your dentist.
- For some people there is not enough room in their mouth for their wisdom teeth to come in and this can result in teeth drifting and becoming crooked. See your health care provider to be evaluated.
- Call your dentist immediately if you find it difficult to close your mouth completely or if you are unable to touch the affected area without experiencing severe pain.