Wisdom Tooth Pain
With age comes wisdom, and also wisdom teeth that can sometimes cause pain. They get their name because these molars found in the back of your mouth don’t generally emerge until your late teens or twenties. While not all patients need to have them removed, a large number of people face crowding in the mouth or discomfort, which requires the teeth’s extraction.
If you still have your wisdom teeth, you might be experiencing symptoms that include:
- Pain at the back of your mouth, behind your molars
- Gum tenderness as the wisdom teeth begin to poke through
- The area becoming red, inflamed, and tender when touched
Often wisdom teeth can get stuck, known as impaction, which can cause an infection and serious pain. The only solution is to having the tooth (or teeth) extracted by a dentist, and one should be contacted immediately.
For temporary relief, it’s recommended that you:
- Take an over-the-counter medication such as Tylenol or Advil
- Rinse your mouth every few hours with a solution of 8 oz warm water and a tsp of salt to help ease inflammation
- Apply ice chips to the area to help alleviate the discomfort.
- Antibiotics might also be needed to prevent a serious infection.
If you’re having a wisdom tooth emergency, Dental Care East Hanover can be reached 24 hours a day and our professional staff will help you with your situation.