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Don't Let Wisdom Teeth Ruin Your Day: Tips for Managing Pain and Discomfort

Are you experiencing pain or discomfort in the back of your mouth? It could be a sign that your wisdom teeth are causing problems. Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, typically emerge in the late teenage years or early twenties, and can cause a variety of issues if they don't have enough space to grow properly.

X-ray showing impacted wisdom tooth

Common problems associated with wisdom teeth include:

  • Pain and discomfort in the back of the mouth

  • Swelling and inflammation of the gums

  • Impacted teeth, where the tooth is unable to fully emerge and may cause infection or damage to surrounding teeth

  • Food trapping under a flap of gum

  • Bad taste or smell from the area

A woman holds her face in pain with toothache

If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, it's important to seek dental care as soon as possible. In some cases, wisdom teeth simply need time to grow through, and symptoms go away on their own. However sometimes ignoring the issue can lead to more serious problems down the line, including infection, decay, and even damage to adjacent teeth.

Tips to manage wisdom tooth pain at home:

  • Regular pain relief using over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen and paracetamol

  • Gargle with warm salt water

  • Ice packs to alleviate any facial swelling

  • Numbing gel available at pharmacies

  • Use an interspace brush or single-tufted brush to gently clean the area

Model of teeth demonstrating yellow interspace brush to clean wisdom tooth area

In some cases, wisdom teeth may need to be extracted in order to prevent further complications. This procedure is typically performed under local anaesthesia and we will ensure that the extraction process is as comfortable and pain-free as possible for our patients.

At Your Smile Clinic, we can help alleviate wisdom tooth pain and discomfort. If you're experiencing wisdom tooth pain or discomfort, don't wait any longer to seek dental care. Contact us today on 0161 327 2878 to schedule an appointment or book online to see how we can help you.


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