Dealing With Wisdom Tooth Pain

Wisdom teeth and wisdom tooth pain, can be a source of trouble for a great many people. Some are never bothered by their wisdom teeth, and others sometimes have them removed before a painful condition becomes a fact of life. Others, while hoping for the best, begin to experience wisdom tooth pain, usually when they are in their late teens or early twenties.

Wisdom teeth are body parts we're not certain we really need. If they come in normally, and don't bother other teeth, or create other problems in the mouth, we're often content to let them be. They don't always behave like good little teeth however, and can be the source of a number of problems.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth - Wisdom tooth pain occurs when these molars, the last to arrive in the mouth, become impacted. An impacted tooth is one which does not emerge as expected, or only emerges partially. A wisdom tooth can be a bully, shoving another tooth out of its normal position. When this occurs, not only can the wisdom tooth become painful, but the tooth it's trying to move around can become painful as well. In fact the gums and jaw can also become quite tender.

An impacted wisdom tooth can become a breeding ground for periodontal disease, starting with gum disease, gingivitis, and progressing to a more serious disease, periodontitis. Even when the wisdom teeth come through normally, they are far back in the mouth and may not be brushed as well or as often as the other teeth. This can of course lead to cavities, and eventually wisdom tooth pain. It doesn't matter whether the pain is from an impacted tooth, due to a cavity, or the result of having a wisdom tooth extracted. Wisdom tooth pain is still wisdom tooth pain. At least when a wisdom tooth is extracted, the end is in sight.

What To Do - There are many ways of treating wisdom tooth pain, from prescription painkillers, to home remedies, some of which can be quite effective. Natural, or home remedies include such things as clove oil, a good pain reliever when a tooth has been extracted, garlic and salt, or a salt water rinse, application of a chilled cucumber to the tooth, and sucking on ice. A particularly interesting method involves a Chinese medical practice, acupressure. Acupressure, like acupuncture, is practiced in the belief that energy in our body travels along specific paths, or meridians. By using a needle, or applying pressure in certain locations, pain in another location can often be relieved to done away with completely. If you have an incident of wisdom tooth pain, try gently pinching the webbed area between your thumb and forefinger for at least 20 seconds, and see if the pain lessens or goes away. Presumably you need to do it with the hand that is on the same side as the tooth pain, but try either, and see what works best. Just remember, that if the tooth has not been extracted, obtaining pain relief may not be the end of the story, and the tooth may eventuality need to be extracted before more serious and perhaps permanent damage occurs.

What To Avoid - Besides knowing what to do to relieve wisdom tooth pain, it can be helpful to know those things you should probably not do. Hot or spicy foods can sometimes irritate the gums, and make the pain worse. Sugar is also bad, whether the pain is from an impacted tooth or the result of an extraction. Sugar also irritates the gums, and slows the healing process. If you've had the problem for any period of time however, chances are you've already become familiar with some of the things you should be avoiding.