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How to Relieve Third Molar Pain

Before your third molar teeth fully come in and are developed, you may experience various levels of problems, including tenderness, pain, swelling of the face, swollen or bleeding gum, bad taste/smell, pain with biting in the back teeth, pus oozing and draining from the area, limitation of the lower jaw movements, headache, earache, jaw stiffness. In this article, we want to review basic solutions to ease your pain.

1-Stay away from sugary and hard foods

If your tooth has a decay since the outer layer of enamel is damaged, sugary and hard foods have easier access to the nerve center of your teeth and can cause pain. If your tooth has a gum disease, stuck food particles between your tooth and gums may cause infection and thus, pain. In such situations, your best bet is to protect your tooth by staying away from sugary and hard foods and taking proper care.

2-Brush your teeth and use mouthrinse or salty water

You can try to regularly brush your tooth more vigorously than the others. Changing the angle of tooth brushing and increasing the frequency of flossing both in front and behind the teeth can help keep the gum tissues healthy and avoid the potential of painful gingivitis or infection around the third molar. You can also rinse your mouth out with antibacterial mouth rinse solutions or warm and salty water. Pour about eight ounces of warm water into a glass and stir in two tablespoons of salt until it’s completely dissolved. Rinse with the water for twelve seconds, or as long as you can stand the salty taste, and then spit it out. Repeat the process every few hours and you’ll begin experiencing pain relief. Besides, you can rinse the surrounding area of the tooth with a 5cc injection syringe by washing it rapidly with a salty water. These all can help to kill any bacteria that may be causing an infection. These will also aid in rinsing stuck food particles from between your teeth.

3-Apply icepacks

Pieces of ice are another way you can just apply them regularly to the teeth and gums, which will help to numb the area as well as reduce any swelling. Cold therapy is the local or systemic application of cold for therapeutic purposes and has been in use since at least the time of Hippocrates. Benefits attributed to local cold applications include, prevention of swelling by reducing the accumulation of fluid in body tissues, reduction in infection, slowing of metabolism, controlling bleeding, retarding bacterial growth, decrease in excitability of free nerve endings with resultant increase in pain threshold, temporary decrease in spasticity, and a facilitation of muscle contraction. These therapeutic effects are achieved by influencing hemodynamic, neuromuscular and metabolic processes. Simply use a commercial ice pack or put some ice is a plastic bag, wrap it in a towel and apply it to the swollen area for 15 minutes.

All these solutions are not permanent solutions and if the pain continues after several days, it’s time to make an appointment with your dentist. Your dentist will carefully examine the areas as well as take an X-ray or 3D CBCT scan to see your tooth properly.

4-Consult your dentist

If the tooth has a small decay and in a good alignment with the rest of the teeth in the mouth, removing the decay and fixing the tooth with fillings, root canals, or crowns can be preferred.

There are certain situations where the extraction of the third molar is absolutely necessary.

  • The third molar may have a severe decay which cannot be handle with fillings, root canal treatment or crowns.

  • The third molar tooth may erupt at an angle such that the adjacent molar can become difficult to keep clean and free of dental caries.

  • If the position of the impacted tooth causes severe gum disease or recession around the adjacent tooth, it should be removed before too much damage is caused to the much more important second molars.

  • If the tooth has partially erupted through the gingival tissue, causing infection. This condition is called a partially erupted, or partially impacted wisdom tooth. A soft-tissue growth over a partially erupted wisdom tooth is referred to as an operculum. If bacteria become trapped under the operculum, an infection called pericoronitis can develop. Antibiotics may be prescribed to help keep an infection from getting worse or spreading for a very short while. However, priority needs to be given to getting the wisdom teeth out as soon as possible.

  • The third molars in the upper back jaw are close in proximity to the sinuses located behind the nose. When they start to grow in, the roots and teeth may place pressure on this area and thereby, headaches. In some cases, if the tooth has a decay, it can cause sinus infections.

  • If the tooth is related to a pathological lesions including cysts or tumors, it may weak the jaw-bone and cause bone fracture.

If you’re having wisdom tooth pain and are not sure what to do about it, contact The Smile Atelier Turkey today and our friendly dentists will be happy to advise.

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