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Wisdom Teeth Pain Relief Help
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
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.
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.
- 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!