Wisdom Tooth Pain Relief

Parashar Joshi Sep 30, 2018
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The growth of a wisdom tooth often brings along one of the worst toothaches that one can experience in his life. We discuss some of the ways to get rid of the pain related to this tooth.
Wisdom Teeth are the ones which most people get in their late teens or early twenties. A wisdom tooth may get stuck against another tooth and grow at an angle under the gum if there is not enough space in the mouth for it to break through. This is called an 'impacted wisdom tooth'.
It can be extremely painful and can cause severe discomfort. The pain usually lasts for seven to fifteen days. During this time, the affected person may typically experience the following:
  • Severe pain in the inner cheek and jaw muscles
  • Swelling and pain in the gums
  • Inability to sleep at night due to throbbing pain
  • Pain while eating or chewing
  • Pain in some of the teeth which are adjacent to the growing wisdom tooth

Wisdom Tooth Pain: Quick Relief

Following are certain home remedies in addition to a couple of medical and surgical procedures for providing immediate tooth pain relief in case of wisdom teeth related problems.

Ice Treatment

This is an easy-to-implement home remedy which is commonly used for treating toothaches and gum problems. You simply need to wrap a couple of ice cubes in a soft hand towel or a handkerchief. Tie the ends and apply the ice pack to the affected area of your mouth.
Apply it for a maximum of ten to fifteen minutes at a time. In case of severe pain, repeat this throughout the day at regular intervals. Icing can help alleviate the pain and swelling of the gum tissues to a certain extent.

Saltwater Rinsing

Another home remedy that is reasonably effective involves rinsing your mouth with some warm water to which a couple of teaspoons of salt has been added. Take care to ensure that the water is not too hot, or else it may further irritate the already swollen gums. Once again, you can repeat this procedure as many times as needed throughout the day.

Dental Creams

You can make use of special dental creams, lotions, and gels, which when applied to the gums and the affected area, do provide a certain amount of toothache pain relief.
The type of gel or dental cream that you should use will depend upon the nature and severity of your toothache. Therefore, it is best that you visit a dentist who can then prescribe the appropriate medication to be taken.


Certain common painkillers also help provide a little bit of pain relief for toothaches. Common tablets like aspirin as well as your regular paracetamol tablets can help alleviate the pain although they do little in reducing the swelling, if any.


Cloves and clove oil are quite famous for the role that they play in dental care. Massaging the affected area with clove oil or chewing on a couple of cloves can help in gradually reducing the pain. At the same time, it does help fight tooth decay and also protects you from gum diseases.


If the wisdom tooth is found to be growing at an awkward angle or has gotten infected, then it needs to be removed by means of a surgical procedure. In such cases, you should get the necessary surgical procedure done from a qualified dental surgeon.
The pain related to wisdom tooth is inevitable, and though the toothache cannot be prevented, it can definitely be reduced to some extent by using the aforementioned measures.
Disclaimer: This is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.
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