Wisdom tooth pain
Wisdom teeth are the last of the teeth to break through the gums and dare we say, quite inconvenient of all teeth.
For a start, they’re almost unbelievably tardy and disrespectful when it comes to your desire to have all teeth clocked in and working effectively before those really chewy budget steaks hit the BBQ.
But no, just when all other teeth have got themselves nicely lined up in neat, functional configurations top and bottom, along come our wisdom teeth like late cinema patrons trying to sit at each end of a row when there aren’t any seats left.
That’s basically what wisdom teeth do in their infinite stupidity and they don’t give up. Over time, they force other teeth to sit in each other’s laps, bending and buckling to accommodate these rude new arrivals that can turn up as late as our 20th birthday.
And our teeth do buckle and bend to accommodate them as they force their way into the crowded cinema of our mouths. This lack of space could cause wisdom teeth coming through to grow in crooked or emerge only partially can lead to painful crowding and causes wisdom tooth pain.
The result is constant pain, occasional pain, or just pain when eating, which most of us do every day.
What does wisdom teeth pain feel like?
You’ll feel it at the back of your mouth or at the very end of those cinema rows of teeth and it can be even more painful than sitting through a three-hour Lord of the Rings epic on a hard, unforgiving seat.
As wisdom teeth grow and push their way in, gums can become red, inflamed and sore to touch.
Wisdom tooth pain may resolve on its own though in some cases, could require active home treatment remedies or even dental surgeries.
Impacted wisdom teeth could cause tenderness, pain, and aches and might need to be removed to resolve the dental problem.
How long does wisdom tooth pain last?
Another thing about wisdom teeth, they don’t really care about the disruption and pain they’re causing; once they begin their slow, inexorable barge into gaps that don’t exist in your mouth, they’re not equipped with the necessary wisdom to back off.
Wisdom teeth symptoms include:
- Swelling of the gum in the back of your mouth
- Pain while chewing or biting
- Pain while opening your mouth
- Difficulty in opening your jaw.
In some cases, pain can occur for several days and then disappear, only to return back in a few weeks or months’ time. They will, therefore, be just as likely to stop being a painful until you take action.
Wisdom teeth removal
You will need to get your wisdom teeth evaluated by a dentist who will take dental X-rays and determine if you’re due for a wisdom tooth extraction.
Surprisingly, this will be a far less painful experience than the advent of the wisdom teeth themselves. Your dentist will anesthetise your mouth and numb your senses.
And do remember, wisdom teeth removal is extremely common and very much standard procedure for all dentists. With today’s ever-advancing dental technology at their disposal, wisdom teeth can be whisked away with no fuss, no pain and a minimum of post-extraction inconvenience.
Wondering what to eat after wisdom teeth removal? Read our previous blog about 10 Foods to eat after a tooth extraction.
Home remedies for wisdom tooth pain
While there are certain home remedies for wisdom tooth pain, the relief may only be temporary. Ice can help to numb the pain if applied directly to the affected tooth. A salt-water mix of two teaspoons of salt in a standard glass can also be used as a rinse to remove food and bacteria exacerbating the affected tooth. And, of course, standard over-the-counter painkillers like Ibuprofen can make a bit of difference in reducing inflammation.
Other home remedies include using a numbing dental gel, ice pack, using clove oil as a topical pain reliever etc. While these options might offer respite until your dentist appointment, they shouldn’t be seen as a solution.