What Can I Do About Wisdom Tooth Pain?

Wisdom tooth pain is no fun. If you’re experiencing wisdom tooth pain, chances are you’re searching for remedies to help ease your pain and help you get back to your life. Today, we want to explain why wisdom teeth are so problematic, as well as provide some suggestions for what to do about your wisdom tooth pain.

Why Are Wisdom Teeth Notorious for Causing Pain?

Your wisdom teeth, otherwise known as your third molars, are teeth our ancestors used to grind down roots and other tough foods. As our diets have evolved and our jaw size has decreased, modern humans have little use for their wisdom teeth.

woman using an ice pack to sooth painful wisdom teeth

In fact, wisdom teeth often cause more problems than they’re worth. They often crowd existing teeth and create alignment issues. Even worse, they can erupt in your mouth only partially, increasing your risk for developing cavities, infection, and other serious complications. For this reason, Dr. Hunsaker keeps a careful eye on the development of your wisdom teeth and may opt to remove them before they cause any problems.

What If You Experience Sudden Wisdom Tooth Pain?

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to develop, often erupting between ages 17-21. If you or your child begins experiencing wisdom tooth pain, the first thing you should do is call our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hunsaker. In the meantime, there are several remedies you can try to relieve the pain.

We recommend icing the painful area. Not only can this ease soreness and pain, it can also reduce any swelling. Gently rinsing with warm salt water is another way to clean the painful area and provide pain relief. You can also take ibuprofen or another over-the-counter pain reliever to help manage the pain.

If you begin experiencing wisdom tooth pain, we want to hear about it. To schedule an appointment or learn more about wisdom tooth extraction, contact our office today!

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