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Wisdom teeth pain Wisdom teeth pain

When your wisdom teeth come through, it can cause some discomfort. There are a number of side effects that would make it necessary to have your wisdom teeth removed.

Wisdom teeth pain in jaw and severity

As your wisdom teeth come in, they can push against your other teeth and make them move. This can cause discomfort in your jaw, so it feels stiff, sore and difficult to open. Iy can also cause swelling of both the gum in the back of the mouth or on the side of the jaw.

Infected wisdom teeth

A partially erupted wisdom tooth can then collect food, plaque and other debris, which can lead to gum swelling, tooth decay and an infection called pericoronitis. Pericoronitis is an infection where bacteria from food, plaque and other debris become trapped in between the space of the impacted tooth and the gum. If untreated, this infection can spread toward the throat or into the neck.

Impacted wisdom teeth

One of the most noticeable signs that you need your wisdom teeth taken out is the pain and irritation both at the tooth site and when you open your mouth. Your wisdom teeth usually erupt between the ages of 17 and 21, making them the last to emerge in your mouth and therefore the most common teeth to become wedged-in or impacted. As there is not enough room in the jaw or mouth for them to emerge, instead of coming in straight they can come in sideways, tilted or misaligned in the jaw, pressing up against the teeth in front of it.

Wisdom teeth pain symptoms and areas

An impacted tooth can be painless and you may not even realise that it is there, however when it tries to erupt, the overlying gum may swell and cause pain, which may be felt in nearby teeth or the area on that side.

How long wisdom tooth pain last?

The wisdom tooth pain may occur for several days and then disappear for weeks or months before returning. But typically, the pain increases the longer it is left untreated.

Wisdom teeth pain relief

Wisdom teeth pain relief and pain management include:

  • Ice packs to numb pain and reduce swelling
  • Over the counter pain relief medicine such as ibuprofen and paracetamol
  • Rinsing your mouth with salt and water mixture: Mix one glass of water with about two teaspoons of salt. This can help rinse bacteria in your mouth that might be causing infection and irritation of your wisdom teeth
  • Wisdom tooth extraction – this is a permanent solution to wisdom tooth pain and is a fairly routine dental procedure.

Cost of removing a Wisdom tooth

We will provide a treatment plan with all costs listed prior to commencing any treatment.

We are very transparent with our fees and they are published in advance.

Wisdom teeth pain after removal

It may take a few days to feel completely better after wisdom teeth removal. You’re likely to have some pain and discomfort after the procedure. This is usually worse for the first couple of days. You can take over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.

As well as some pain, you may also have some swelling and stiffness in your jaw for a couple of days. This can make it difficult to open your mouth. Using an ice pack wrapped in a towel can help to reduce this.