Wisdom teeth are the third molars of your teeth. They grow between the ages of 17 to 21. They are 4 teeth found at the back of your mouth, one on each side on both the upper and lower jaw. They are also called adult teeth.
Wisdom tooth pain
If you are between the ages of 17 and 22, there can be sudden pain behind your molars at the end of your mouth, indicating the growth of wisdom teeth. This pain is never prolonged or severe and goes away in a short time. In many cases there is no pain during the growth of wisdom teeth. The presence of pain can most often mean that there is something wrong with the wisdom teeth and therefore needs immediate attention. It is best to visit your doctor if there is pain in your teeth.
Causes of wisdom teeth pain
There are many reasons why the wisdom teeth are paining, some of them are:
- Growing Pains: Wisdom teeth can pain when they are growing because they are breaching the gums and emerging and that can sometimes cause bleeding, swelling and redness. Brushing regularly and practicing good oral hygiene can enable the wisdom teeth to grow healthy.
- Lack of growing space: Wisdom teeth that are growing in the wrong direction due to lack of space can cause pain and also damage other teeth.
- Wisdom teeth that are impacted (found in the jaw and under the gums) can cause pain.
- Cavities in partially emerged teeth can cause pain.
- Cysts and tumors in the wisdom teeth.
- Gum infection due to impacted teeth.
Home remedies or treatments
Although you would have to visit the dentist when your wisdom tooth pains, you can use thes simple home treatments to alleviate your pain in the meantime.
- ICE PACKS: An ice pack can be kept on the cheek to temporarily dull or ease the pain.
- SALT WATER: Mix a few tablespoons of salt in a glass of freshly boiled salt water and once it becomes lukewarm you can rinse your mouth with it and spit the water out. Salt has a lot of disinfectant properties and can reduce any infections that might be present. You can use salt water 2-3 times a day or until pain reduces.
- NUMBING GELS: Dental numbing gels can be used to dull the pain. They are easily available online but have to be used carefully according to the instructions.
- CLOVES: Full cloves or clove oil can be used to reduce teeth pain. Take a clove and place it on the tooth that is paining and bite it, keep it in your mouth until the pain reduces. The same thing can be done with a cotton bud dipped in clove oil.
- IBUPROFEN: This is a pain relief medicine that reduces inflammation. It can be purchased in a pharmacy and taking the recommended dose on the pack can help reduce pain.
These remedies are simply used to alleviate the pain in your wisdom tooth and cannot provide permanent relief. Make sure to make an appointment with your dentist and visit them as soon as you can if there is pain. The best way to ensure that your wisdom teeth do not cause any problems is to have them extracted.
Here at Praveen Dental, our experienced doctor uses cutting edge technology for assessing and treating problems involving wisdom teeth. Patients can avail a variety of services including extractions and surgeries.