Wisdom tooth pain: When you should be worried
Wisdom teeth also called the third molars are the last teeth to erupt. Their number and morphology are variable, some people don’t have all their wisdom teeth. They appear between 17 and 25 years of age, however, they can erupt many years later. Some would theorize that the absence of wisdom teeth in some people are due to the evolution of our jaws over the years.Wisdom teeth have the same chewing role as other teeth, Some years ago they were always extracted, but today the extraction is no longer necessary.
Wisdom tooth pain is very annoying, it makes feeding difficult and may be associated with other serious signs.
Pain related to the wisdom tooth
- Local or radiating pain:The pain can be felt in the area of the wisdom teeth or it can be spread to the temporomandibular joint, bottom of the mouth chin or both jaws.
The irradiation of pain is due to the complexity of our nervous system.
- Gum pain: red, swollen sensitive gums that bleed easily may be related to the wisdom teeth. But this is not always the case. They may be symptoms of gum disease or periodontal disease.
- Infection: infection rates increase with the eruption of wisdom tooth. The signs are: Pain, fever, edema, redness and swelling.
- Pericoronitis: it's an infection and inflammation of the gum partially covering a tooth, it frequently reaches the wisdom tooth during the eruption.
Food debris and bacteria can accumulate and cause infection. These conditions are often very painful and need to be treated.
Complications associated with wisdom tooth pain
- Pain and problems at temporomandibular joint.
- Wisdom teeth can interfere with the 2nd molars that have already erupted. This damage is more common if wisdom teeth grow horizontally.
- Local infection that needs to be treated quickly.
Wisdom Tooth Pain Relief:
Extraction should be necessary if one of the complications previously stated is present, there are some remedies for temporary pain relief before a wisdom tooth extraction:
Pain before extraction:There is a lot of solution to adopt before seeing a doctor:
A mouthwash of salt water:
Think about it if your gum is red, sore and swollen. All you have to do is pour about eight ounces of warm water into a glass and stir in two tablespoons of salt until it’s completely dissolved. Rinse with the water for several minutes, or as long as you can stand the salty taste, and then spit it out. If you want to use mouthwashes after extracting your wisdom teeth, ask your dentist for advice. Repeat the process every few hours, the pain will gradually disappear.
Applying an ice pack may be able to help. Simply use a commercial ice pack or put some ice is a plastic baggie, wrap it in a towel and apply it to the swollen area.
Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-pain, clove is a good way to fight against toothache. Simply crush a clove between your fingers and then apply it a few minutes on the painful area.
Adapt your diet:
Modifying your diet will not directly calm the dental pain but it will avoid aggravating it. Avoid hot and sour drinks and eat soft foods.
Soft bristle toothbrush:
Use a soft bristle brush; you will avoid aggravating the inflammation, and thus contribute to the acceleration of the healing process.
Pain after extraction:
Pain after extraction is very common. It should gradually decrease as healing progresses. But the duration can vary greatly (from a few days to a few weeks). Depending on the complexity or severity of the surgery performed to extract the tooth.
Think about taking analgesics by following the prescription of your doctor.
Do not hesitate to use the home remedies, they are still effective after the extraction.
In case of very intense toothache, call your dentist it may be one of the post-operative complications.