Pain from impacted or emerging wisdom teeth can be quite severe. Generally, when wisdom teeth create issues within the mouth that result in pain and/or impactions, the only course of action is to have them removed. Surgical intervention is the only method to “cure” impacted wisdom teeth. There are, however, some temporary actions you can take to alleviate the discomfort until you can get in to see your dentist or oral surgeon.
The first thing you can try is a homemade oral rinse. This is very easy to make and no special ingredients are necessary. Take one cup of warm water and add in a teaspoon of salt. Stir well until the salt has dissolved. Take a mouthful of the mixture and swish it around in your mouth trying to concentrate on the affected area. Do this for about 30-60 seconds. Repeat until the entire cup is gone. This rinse can be done as often as necessary.
You can also take over-the-counter ibuprofen which is very effective at reducing the inflammation and relieving the pain. Take care, however, to follow the instructions for dosing. Ibuprofen is large doses can create other health issues.
Benzocaine is a numbing agent that can be added to a gel product to dull the pain associated with wisdom teeth. Dry the area around the wisdom tooth as best as you can and then apply the product as directed. The benzocaine gel can be obtained at a local pharmacy or retail store.
For those who want to take a more “all-natural” approach, you can use cloves or clove oil to numb the area. If you are using whole cloves, simply place the clove over the top of the wisdom tooth that is causing pain and it will gradually numb the area. Remove the clove once the numbing has taken affect. Clove oil can be used in the same way. Just dab it on the area with a cotton ball and it will produce a numbing affect.
Asafetida, a resin-like gum, is a homeopathic treatment for wisdom teeth pain. It contains anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. You combine the asafetida with lemon juice using a mortar and pestle and then warm it up a bit. Take a cotton ball and apply it to the area like a compress.
There are a number of home remedies for pain including:
- Tea tree oil
- Wheat grass
- Oregano oil
You can try out some of these and see which ones work best for you. Each person’s response to these treatments is different and what works for one may not work for another.
When dealing with complications from wisdom teeth, consult with your dentist as soon as possible. The issue will not resolve itself and as stated earlier, these treatments are only going to provide temporary relief and will serve to make you as comfortable as possible until you can have the teeth extracted.