Pain from wisdom tooth removal

As a right of passage that indicates growth and maturity, one begins to develop those painful signs and symptoms associated with the eruption of wisdom teeth in one’s mouth.  Wisdom teeth begin to make their unwanted appearance right during the most important and impressionable time in one’s life:  the teen years.  Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt through the gums, and in doing such usually make their appearance in the late teen years and in some cases even in the early twenties.  There are four wisdom teeth that painfully erupt through the gums; one located on each side of the mouth, both left and right; as well as top and bottom of the mouth.  These wisdom teeth make their appearance known as they create pain, redness, tenderness and irritability in those who must deal with this life experience.  When this occurs, one wonders what can be done to make this experience less painful?  Well, as an answer to this question there are a few methods that have been discussed by many who have gone through this same experience, and have determined that there is a way to ease the pain.

There are many ways to ease the pain associated with wisdom teeth.  Each of these recommendations are just that; they are recommendations and the results will vary based on the individual.  Some of these pain relief suggestions may have a varying degree of benefits based on the specific individual.  Therefore, try what works for you specifically in order to receive the best pain relief.  The first recommendation from Colgate Oral Care Center is to prepare a mouth rinse that will help provide some pain relief.  It is described as mixing one cup of warm water with a teaspoon of salt.  The next step is to stir the salt in the warm water until it is a dissolved mixture.  At this point, treat the solution just like a mouth rinse, and take a sip of it and move it around in your mouth for about a minute and then spit the solution out.  Do not swallow the solution.  As described this solution is recommended to help relieve pain associated with wisdom teeth eruption.  The above recommendation can be repeated as needed for pain relief.

Another well known remedy that has been around for years to aid in the wisdom teeth eruption pain is benzocaine.  Benzocaine numbs the area that is tender and makes a huge impact when one’s gums are throbbing in pain from the wisdom teeth trying to make their appearance in a crowded area.  Thus, it is recommended to rub a little bit of the benzocaine onto the area that is painful, red, and swollen; and at this time one should receive some temporary relief.  There are a variety of over the counter preparations of benzocaine that can be purchased and used for this specific reason.

One remedy that has been used for many years, but is less heard of in the mainstream society is the use of Cloves and Clove Oil as a method and means of pain relief during eruption of wisdom teeth.  Not only does the Colgate Oral Care Center identify this as a method of pain relief, but also the Mayo Clinic identifies this as a natural way to remedy pain associated with wisdom teeth.  Basically the instructions are to take a full, intact clove and put it in the back of your mouth to the area where the wisdom teeth are erupting and place it in that specific area until you notice a tingling or natural numbing sensation.  At that point you will basically notice a numbing sensation, like you would experience with the benzocaine.  Doing so will provide temporary relief from the pain associated with your wisdom teeth.  The same thing can be done by using clove oil and placing a small amount of oil on the affected area can also provide some pain relief.

Finally, one can always remember over the counter pain medication in order to provide relief from this type of pain.  Pain relievers such as Ibuprofen also known as Motrin can provide such relief.  Other pain relievers can also provide relief but may require a prescription from your physician.

While each of these remedies do offer temporary pain relief, it is essential to remember that is what their intention is for:  to relieve the pain enough until you can seek medical attention from a dentist.  It is imperative to be checked by a dentist in order to determine if your wisdom teeth need to be extracted or if they need to be surgically removed.  This decision is an important one that needs to be a discussion between you and your dentist.  Don’t forget to take your pain seriously and see a dentist that will collaborate a treatment plan specifically to your needs.

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