Struggling to cope with wisdom teeth pain? You’re not alone.
The term wisdom teeth is often associated with pain. But at Pain Free Dental Clinic, you can be assured that our caring team will minimise any discomfort as much as possible. Our principal dentist, Dr Nikgoo, has dedicated his career to helping anxious patients through pain-free dentistry methods. Whether it’s a simple dental check-up, or complex implant surgeries, our Moss Vale dental team are equipped to treat all dental problems.
Wisdom teeth are the teeth located at the back of the mouth that will typically come through the gums around age 17. There are normally four wisdom teeth, two in the upper jaw and two in the lower jaw, but some people may have less, or even none at all.
Some wisdom teeth come through without causing any issues, but others can come through at an angle and push into the gum or the tooth besides them. This can cause extreme pain and discomfort. It can also cause infections as the wisdom teeth is hard to clean, leaving food and bacteria to get stuck.
Not all wisdom teeth need to be removed. If you are not feeling any discomfort, extraction is an option but not a necessity. Your dentist will examine your wisdom teeth and determine whether extraction is required. Immediate removal is needed if the wisdom teeth has caused:
For many people, there’s not enough room in the mouth to accommodate for their wisdom teeth, which is why they experience pain. Wisdom teeth removal will eliminate the pain permanently and will help to maintain overall oral health. It’s best to ask your dentist to inspect your wisdom teeth before they come through. An x-ray scan will indicate whether your wisdom teeth will cause any problems, and can save you from unnecessary pain in the future.
If you do require wisdom teeth removal, you will be administered a local or general anaesthetic. At Pain Free Dental Clinic, we aim to accommodate our patients as best we can and can provide pain relief methods such as nitrous oxide.
As wisdom teeth are large, the gums may require stitching after the extraction to help you heal faster. It’s normal for your jaw and gums to be sore and swollen for the first few days. It’s recommended that you eat soft, easy to chew food after the extraction, and avoid smoking and alcohol. We can also prescribe you with painkillers to soothe any discomfort.
Ice packs and painkillers can provide some relief for wisdom teeth pain. High strength mouthwashes such as Savacol, as well as proper a brushing and flossing technique is needed to prevent wisdom teeth infections. There are also pain numbing gels that can be applied onto the gums, or rinse your mouth with a cup of warm water and a teaspoon of salt for temporary pain relief.
If you suspect your wisdom teeth are coming through, don’t ignore the pain! Visit the team at Pain Free Dental Clinic for a check-up today.