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Wisdom Teeth Pain Relief Help

Updated on July 20, 2011

Wisdom Teeth Pain - Introduction

Wisdom tooth pain can be excruciating and there's a high chance that telling you this is fairly redundant. In this article I will outline the reason why pain occurs, how to prevent and contain secondary issues and what you can do to mitigate painful bouts of jaw and ear ache. In many cases however, infection and other complications will necessitate prescriptions medicine such as anti-biotics, so its advisable to contact your doctor first.

This article is mainly targeted at people who are waiting for their dentist appointment and are paralyzed by pain, and are seeking a temporary solution until they can have their wisdom teeth extracted.

Types of Pain and Their Causes

The most common symptoms are the following:

  • Throbbing or sharp pain and jaw stiffness near an impacted tooth.
  • If the wisdom tooth has pushed other teeth together, infection may occur because the crowding of teeth may make cleaning difficult.
  • Wisdom teeth may grow at awkward angles and rub against your mouth or tongue, causing irritation and pain.
  • Impacted wisdom teeth can cause food to get caught and cause infection.

Other secondary symptoms not related to pain, but of concern to many can include:

  • Bad breath
  • Aesthetic problems (tooth crowding, gaps, impacted teeth)
  • An unpleasant taste
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Fever

Homemade Pain Relief

Due to the varied nature of the pain (as detailed above) there is no generalized therapy when approaching toothache pain relief, especially the home-made kind. Nevertheless, I am aware that the pain can be incapacitating so finding solace rapidly is important. Not all methods will work, some trial and error will help you find a method that will work for you.

Warm Salt Water Rinse With Peppermint

Used to combat pain and headaches. Add 5 grams of fresh peppermint and a half-tablespoon worth of salt to a glass a water and ingest it.

Make sure the water is warm and not hot because extremes in temperature may exacerbate existing pain. Swirl the mixture in your mouth as long as its comfortable.

Note: If you don't have any peppermint, a salt solution can be used on its own and may rove equally efficient as a pain killer. 


If you experience throbbing pain, or a feeling that your gum is going to "burst" you may have a gum infection and nerve decomposition is creating gas. Pain may be worse when lying down. Ideally, antibiotics should be used, and the fastest way to immediate pain relief can be provided by a doctor who can drain the pus and gas by making a little hole in the gum

If visiting a dentist isn't possible, bear in mind that the cold can cause the gas to contract, granted temporary pain relief. Try either firmly pressing an ice pack against the side of your mouth, or swirling some cold water around the infected gum. Do this in stages to make sure that the temperature bounce doesn't make matter worse by trigger sensitive teeth. 

Over-the-Counter Anesthetics

Some easily accessible anesthetics can greatly reduce pain. Some of these options include:

  • Oil of Cloves (Eugenol) - Adding a few drops (do not overdo it) topically can provide excellent temporary relief. 
  • Benzocaine
  • Aspirin - Do not apply to the tooth or gum, it will burn. Take it as you always would avoiding contact. It is also handy in fighting secondary issues such as jaw ache and headaches. 

Wisdom Teeth Extraction Pain

Wisdom tooth extraction is a surefire way to stop the pain, but it can be a painful process. Bear in mind that if you are set to have many wisdom teeth removed it may warrant a general anesthetic rather than a local one.

For detailed information regarding this operation please use the links to the right!


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      Aiko 4 years ago

      Oh so glad I found your blog via another Australian blgeogr.These images are fantastic - love the tiara in pic no 2! Would love to own it. Would wear that on Mother's Day!! :)Happy Anzac Day!x CharlottaP.S. Am doing a GIVE-AWAY for Australian blgeogrs over at my little blog corner. Hope you enter!

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      charllê 6 years ago

      hi i just wanted to ask is it normal to be in pain unbearable pain for 4 years straight i cant aford to pay the hospital so i just have to suffer it has gone so bad that my cheek inside is torn i have ear pain head pains and my whole side is numb all my teeth are sensitive i am in serious pain nothing works not even medication the dr givs me : -(

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      bob 6 years ago

      mine just began, having headaches, and working as a teacher as well. I eat at one jaw side. How long will it take to fully develop and what foods can i eat to reduce the pain and quicken the growth

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      Debbie Roberts 6 years ago from Greece

      I've been advised to have my bottom wisdom extracted, so found your hub of interest. They aren't causing any pain yet, but that only makes it harder to make the decision to have them extracted....OOOooo what to do!!

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      Brian Weekes 6 years ago from Queensland, Australia

      This is a great article. Sadly the dentist who removed all four of my wisdom teeth was no where near as pretty as the girl in the attached youtube clip.

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      dee 6 years ago

      why do they call it wisdom tooth were in fact..its so painful :((

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      Asariza 6 years ago

      i had my tooth exacted 4 days back but till now the pain is unberable. I thought by exact the tooth it might get better but i feel worst still. please advise. Thank you thousand million.

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      Marie 6 years ago

      In intolerable pain and just been told wisdom has impacted the tooth next door and cracked it and infected.... Just started antibiotic and prescription pain killers but nothing helping. They're going to take the tooth out late tomorrow and I can't wait.

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      carol hanratty 6 years ago

      Hi, im a 49 year old female who recently began

      to notice my wisdom tooth has become noticebly loose causing some pain, what do u think could have caused this the tooth beside it was extracted yeras ago

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      James D. Preston 6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      You're welcome Scott. Thanks for the comment :)

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      Manuel Porras 6 years ago from Germany, Colombia, USA, Panama, Mexico, Spain

      thanks for the hub nice info

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      lacoste discount 7 years ago

      I like your article. Will always support you!He is quite a good reading. i'd appreciate it. time to realize this.

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      vinyasa 7 years ago

      i am pregnent and i have wisdom teeth pain . i am not able to open my mouth. Gynacologist suggested not to undergo X ray. At home how can i get rid of this.

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      hubpageswriter 7 years ago

      This is one of the major problems suffered by adults. A great read on wisdom teeth pain and how to be relieved of it too. Hub up.

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      WillGrander 7 years ago from New York

      Oof, getting my wisdom teeth removed was no fun, and I only had to get one side done! Thanks for the great hub.

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      James D. Preston 7 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Getting them extracted is a poor but certain path to wisdom ;) Thanks again dallas!

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      Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Sounds like a pain-in-the-jaw... Another way to earn wisdom... I had mine extracted...