How Can I Treat Wisdom Tooth Pain?

by Anthony Carter on February 5, 2011


Wisdom Tooth PainWisdom tooth pain can make life very uncomfortable for people. These molars tend to develop when people are aged between 17 and 25 years old. Slightly less than two- thirds of people will develop these teeth, but the rest won’t. As wisdom teeth grow they can affect other teeth, and it is often this that is responsible for most of the pain.

What are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth get their name because people will have reached adulthood by the time they develop them – so would be expected to have developed a bit of wisdom along the way. It is usual to develop four of these wisdom teeth but it is possible to have more of them appear; if this happens they are referred to as supernumerary teeth. They are found in the back of the mouth and located as the second and third molars.

Wisdom teeth can cause a lot of pain for a number of reasons. As they develop out of the gum there can be quite a bit of discomfort.  They can also become impacted. One of the most common reasons why they cause problems is that they have only partially erupted; this means they have failed to fully fill a space along the line of the teeth. It a tooth has only partially erupted, it can not only cause intense pain but also possibly infection as well.

How Can I Treat Wisdom Tooth Pain?

In some cases it may be necessary for dental surgery to be performed in order to deal with the problem. When an extraction is performed it will remove the pain (there will likely still be a bit of discomfort initially post-opt though) and prevent further infection. There are also other treatments that may help people deal with the pain. Some of the most popular ways of dealing with this discomfort includes-

  • Clove has been shown to be an effective remedy for this type of dental pain. It may also be good for dealing with the infection as well; although this is debatable. People will usually get clove oil and apply this to the area where the wisdom tooth is causing the pain. It is claimed that if you mix it with rock salt and garlic into a paste then this will be even more effective.
  • Garlic is another common way to deal with this type of pain. Garlic is known for making teeth strong, but it also seems to somehow ease wisdom tooth pain.
  • Wheat grass may help to reduce infection.
  • Onion may be able to kill germs that are in the mouth as well as easing wisdom tooth pain. It is recommended that a bit of onion be left inside the mouth under the gum near the wisdom tooth and left for a few minutes.
  • Ice placed on the jaw may help to make the pain a bit more manageable, but you shouldn’t put ice directly near the tooth as this can exacerbate the symptoms.

Find out more by asking questions at the dental forum.

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