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When You May Need a Wisdom Tooth Extraction and Pain Relief

February 14, 2022
Posted By: Bell Hill Dental
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It’s a beautiful, sunny morning, and you’ve just stepped out of bed, ready to take on the day. You open your mouth to yawn, but it feels difficult for some reason. You also notice a rather unpleasant taste and an incredibly unwelcome headache. What is going on? Patients with emerging or impacted wisdom teeth may suffer from various symptoms that cause significant problems in everyday life. But rest assured, at Bell Hill Dental, we regularly assess and offer gentle wisdom tooth extraction before they cause further problems down the line.

When Should I Visit a Dentist about My Wisdom Teeth?

Some of the first signs that suggest your wisdom teeth are coming in include:

  • Swelling and infection in the gums or jaws
  • Noticing bleeding or tenderness in the gums
  • Unusual, foul odours in the mouth (despite diligent oral upkeep)
  • Difficulty when opening your mouth
  • Headaches due to built-up pressure

Patients who brush, floss, and use mouthwash regularly may still experience discomfort and risk infection from their wisdom teeth. A wisdom tooth lacking space in the gum line to emerge (impacted wisdom teeth) may cause cysts or tumours. Partially emerging wisdom teeth also lack sufficient space and may cause unwanted crowding and oral hygiene issues. Upon consultation, our friendly team can examine your teeth and gums and safely take x-rays to determine if your wisdom teeth play a role in these annoying symptoms.

What Helps with Wisdom Teeth Pain?

So, it’s time to arrange a wisdom teeth extraction procedure, but what about the days or weeks beforehand? For patients dealing with pain related to their wisdom teeth or a singular wisdom tooth, we can happily recommend some simple yet effective remedies for the time leading up to the extraction.

  • Cold/hot compresses: Like muscular injuries suffered while playing sport, heat and cold may help remedy the pain caused by emerging wisdom teeth.
  • Anti-inflammatory medication: Over the counter pain remedies can temporarily lower pain levels and inflammation in the jaws and gums. Please consult with a doctor before taking any medicine.
  • Saltwater rinse and peppermint tea: Rinsing the mouth with warm salt water can help prevent, treat, and potentially heal painful or infected areas in the mouth (be sure not to drink the saltwater). Peppermint tea can also soothe a sore mouth and offer temporary pain relief.

Wisdom Tooth Extraction in Dunedin

Although all patients with wisdom teeth may not require extraction, those that do can rest assured that their smile is in good hands with our experienced team in Dunedin. To provide pain relief and avoid infection, we may need to extract more than one wisdom tooth (each patient’s mouth requires specific treatment). Some may dread the prospect of oral surgery, but we go to great lengths to provide a safe, painless experience during any oral surgery or tooth extraction. Our patients can expect transparency and a clear explanation beforehand. To take any pain out of the equation, we use local or general anaesthetics and sedation depending on the wisdom tooth or teeth requiring extraction. Please contact our practice at (03) 477 8387 for more information on our extraction process.

Benefits of Wisdom Teeth Extractions

Patients who no longer suffer from emerging wisdom teeth lower their risk for numerous infections, tumours, crowded teeth, and ongoing pain or oral health issues in the future. Patients can also keep their teeth and gums clean with daily brushing and regular visits to a dentist without emerging or impacted wisdom teeth.

Contact Your Friendly Dentist in Dunedin

So, if you are ready to get rid of any pain caused by your emerging or impacted wisdom teeth threatening your teeth and gums, our team is here to help. We invite you to arrange an appointment at Bell Hill Dental at your earliest convenience to safeguard the longevity of your oral health and smile.