Painful wisdom teeth can occur for a number of reasons. Perhaps your wisdom teeth have come in crooked, can’t fit properly in your mouth, or have led to an infection around your teeth. Regardless of the cause, painful wisdom teeth can really impact your overall oral health and should be treated immediately.
Removing Painful Wisdom Teeth
Often the best way to treat painful wisdom teeth is to have them extracted. This is a surgical procedure that can be done either at your dental professional or an oral surgeon’s office.
Painful Wisdom Teeth: Don’t Delay Treatment
According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, not all problems related to wisdom teeth are painful or visible. Since damage can occur without you even knowing it, many professionals recommend extraction as soon as your wisdom teeth come in. That’s because as wisdom teeth grow, their roots also grow longer, making extraction more difficult. Approximately 85 percent of wisdom teeth will eventually need to be removed, so chances are, extraction may be in your future.(1)
Quick Treatment Options for Painful Wisdom Teeth
So, you have made an appointment to have your painful wisdom teeth removed, but the oral surgeon couldn’t fit you in the schedule until next month. Here are some tips to help you manage the pain until your appointment.
- Ice Chips: Apply to the painful wisdom teeth to help numb the pain and reduce swelling.
- Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers: They can help temporarily ease the discomfort associated with painful wisdom teeth.
- Salt Water: Rinse to clean your mouth and help dislodge food particles and bacteria that could be causing a painful infection.
Regardless of which treatment options you choose, painful wisdom teeth should be taken seriously. Seeking treatment promptly can help prevent further complications and get your mouth back to good health.
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