How to ease wisdom tooth pain

Wisdom teeth are the last set of teeth that individuals receive when they are a teenager or in their twenties. Although some wisdom teeth can come in without any problems, the majority of wisdom teeth need to be extracted due to problems with alignment and sufficient space in the mouth. When wisdom teeth come in and aren't properly aligned, it can cause pain. Alleviating the pain caused by wisdom teeth can be done at home with the right products.

Pour a cup of warm water and mix in two tablespoon of salt. Stir with a spoon. Gargle the water in the mouth. Warm water will relieve pain whereas cold water or hot water can make the pain worse due to the tooth's sensitivity. Saltwater also helps to clean the tooth and reduce swelling.

Take a pain reliever. Aspirin is probably the best choice in order to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Ibuprofen may also help to relieve pain if aspirin is not an option.

Create an ice pack. Place ice in a plastic zip bag, zip the bag up, and wrap it twice in a thin towel. Place the ice pack on the outside of the mouth where the pain is. Ice will help to numb the nerves in the mouth so that the pain will be relieved temporarily.

Purchase benzocaine. Benzocaine will instantly numb the tooth in order to provide relief until you can see a dentist to get the wisdom teeth removed.

Breathe deeply and find a quiet area to rest. A relaxed state is extremely important in order to help naturally alleviate pain.


Avoid using heating pads. Heat will only cause more pain and possibly even increase swelling. Avoid extremely cold drinks, like drinks with ice, because this will only aggravate the pain. Sugary foods should also be avoided. Do not give aspirin to children. Avoid smoking as tobacco aggravates sensitive teeth and can also cause even more problems with your teeth or your mouth including cancer.


Get to a dentist as soon as possible to have wisdom teeth extracted if they are causing pain. If not extracted, wisdom teeth can cause problems with the rest of the teeth, jaw, and nerves in the gums.

Things You'll Need

  • Salt
  • Water
  • Drinking glass
  • Aspirin or ibuprofen
  • Ice
  • Plastic zip bags
  • Thin towel
  • Benzocaine
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Since 2007, Emilia Lamberto has been a professional writer specializing in home and garden, beauty, interior decorating and personal relationships. Her work has appeared in various online publications. Lamberto owns two blogs, one which provides readers with freelance job opportunities and one which covers beauty advice and product reviews.