Wisdom teeth typically arrive in between the ages of 18-25 years old. While it’s usually recommended that they be extracted at some point, you may encounter some time in between their arrival and removal where they can cause some discomfort. While your dentist in West Orange is always happy to help alleviate your pain, there are also some steps you can take at home to eliminate discomfort from your wisdom teeth until it’s time to take them out.
A Cold Compress
Use a cold compress to help reduce swelling and pain. Wrap a towel around an ice pack or bag of frozen peas and apply your compress for ten-minute intervals. Do ten minutes on, ten minutes off as long as needed to ease discomfort.
Salt Water Rinse
Create your own warm salt-water rinse to alleviate pain. Use boiling water to dissolve a couple tablespoons of salt. When the mixture cools, rinse your mouth with it. Salt water immediately relieves discomfort and also helps to kill bacteria.
Ibuprofen or Other Over-the-Counter Relief
You can definitely use ibuprofen or any other pain relief choices to eliminate discomfort from your wisdom teeth. Just be sure to follow correct dosages and instructions carefully.
Use a Numbing Gel
Numbing gels can provide relief from aching wisdom teeth. Choose a gel with benzocaine and apply it directly to your incoming tooth. Be aware that eating or chewing when you’re numb could lead to accidental injuries to your cheek or tongue.
Apply Clove Oil to Your Tooth
Use a whole clove or clove oil applied directly to your tooth. Keep the clove intact, don’t crush or break it, and keep it in your mouth until you feel a numbing sensation.
Contact D&G Dental
While you may be able to stave off wisdom tooth discomfort on your own for a while, it’s important to have your third molars evaluated by your family dentist in West Orange. At D&G Dental, we have an in-house oral surgeon, Dr. Ghobadi, who can oversee your wisdom tooth extraction from start to finish to ensure you’re comfortable and at ease the entire time.
Give us a call today to schedule your evaluation at D&G Dental!