I hate it when my wisdom tooth emerges. It brings me terrible aches and pains. Eating and sleeping are easy activities that are made difficult because of its emergence. Plus, I cringe from pain too which is really troublesome for me. Are you experiencing the same pain or worse?
If you are annoyed by the constant pang of its emergence, you might want to try the tricks below to relieve the tooth pain:
- Chew a gum on the side that is aching. Doing this will temporarily relieve you from pain as chewing massages the throbbing area.
- Gargle with warm saltwater. Mix 8 ounces of warm water and a tablespoon of salt. Ensure that the salt is totally dissolved before gargling the solution. Swoosh the saltwater in your mouth. Spit after about 30 to 60 seconds of swishing it in your mouth. Make sure that you don’t ingest the water. Do this two times a day to reduce the swelling.
- Purchase oral numbing medicines. These are available at pharmacies, department stores, and supermarkets so I am sure that you can easily get them. Wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and soap to ensure that your hands are clean. Rub a little amount to the painful area. This will take away the pain for the time being.
- Aside from oral numbing analgesic, you can also buy pain relievers. One example is the acetaminophen. Make sure that you follow the instructions printed on the packaging. Don’t forget to read the warnings too. However, please consult your doctor if you are already taking other medications. This might hinder the efficacy of your other medicines.
- Gently brush your teeth after meals. Be extra careful on the affected part to prevent further pain or irritation. I suggest that you use a brush with soft bristles to make brushing less painful.
- Apply cold compress to the side that is painful. Leave the cold compress for about 10 minutes. A cold and wet washcloth is a good substitute to a cold compress. Wet the washcloth every now and then or as soon the cold feeling disappears. Chips of ice are helpful too.
- Experiencing terrible or frequent pain? If all else fails, schedule a dentist appointment if the pain lasts for more than a few days. This might mean that you have a major problem with your tooth. You need to inform your dentist about this so that he (or she) can do something about this problem.
Some pains are caused because there is not enough space for your tooth in your mouth. If you don’t do something about it, your teeth will become crooked. Others are cause by an impacted tooth. If your tooth is impacted, you might want to have your dentist remove it to prevent infections, misalignment of teeth, and formation of cysts.
Apart from that, it is important that you call your dentist if you can’t close your mouth. Consult your dentist if pain does not stop even after the tooth completely came out.
I hope that these tips can help you alleviate the pain you are experiencing. For faster diagnosis or permanent pain relief, please consult your dentist.