Wisdom tooth pain
Pain from wisdom teeth is a dental problem we commonly see in Glasgow. For many people there is not enough space for their wisdom teeth to come through their gums. Also often a wisdom tooth can become impacted into the molar tooth in front. Both of these problems can lead to food and bacteria becoming trapped around the wisdom tooth, which can cause an infection. This infection around the top of the tooth is called pericoronitis.
The gums around top crown of the wisdom tooth can become infected and swollen which can cause extreme pain. As the swelling is close to muscles that control your jaw, it can make it difficult and painful to open your mouth. It can also be painful to bite down as pressure from your top tooth can press on this swelling.
How to self treat for wisdom tooth pain?
Many times wisdom tooth pain will go away by itself after a period of time, but there are a few things that you can do to help this. The simplest thing that you can do is to take painkillers to help alleviate the pain. Ibuprofen is generally good pain relief medication for wisdom tooth pain. It gives strong pain relief and also helps to reduce inflammation and swelling. It is important to keep the area around the wisdom tooth clean to help it heal faster. You should brush around the wisdom tooth gently even if it is painful. You can also use a a warm salty water mouthwash or a medicated mouthwash designed to treat gum problems.
In some situations the infection can be more severe causing a swelling on your face and even giving difficulty swallowing. If this happens then you may need to take a course of antibiotics but it is best to have an assessment with your dentist first.
If you have frequent problems with your wisdom teeth, then you may need to have it removed to prevent long term problems. At Complete Dental Care our highly skilled and can offer wisdom tooth removal. We accept referrals from other dental practices around Glasgow and Scotland. We can also offer this service with dental sedation to make it as comfortable as possible.