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How to Relieve Pain from Wisdom Teeth

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to Relieve Pain from Wisdom Teeth

Third molars, commonly known as wisdom teeth begin to erupt between 17 and 21 years of age. However, there are cases where they never do. While the wisdom teeth do not usually cause pain in some cases they can become very annoying. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to relieve pain from wisdom teeth. Find them in this OneHowTo article.

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Steps to follow:


If you notice a constant and severe pain you should make an appointment to see your dentist. Severe pain that does not go away after a few days can be a sign of a serious problem that should be checked by a specialist to guarantee your health and well-being.

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A way to ease slight pains of wisdom teeth is to chew chewing gum. This gently massage the painful area and may serve as temporary relief.

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Use a mild topical anesthetic to relieve pain from wisdom teeth. Oral medications to help numb the area, can be bought over the counter in pharmacies. Simply apply a small amount to the affected wisdom teeth area to soothe some of the pain.


Another option is to try a hot salted water rinse. Warm salt water will help relieve moderate wisdom teeth pain without the use of drugs. Rinse the mouth using this product for 30 seconds. Be careful not to swallow the salt water.

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Over-the-counter painkillers. Acetaminophen helps relieve pain associated with wisdom teeth. Follow the instructions on the packaging to know the correct dose and read carefully the warnings on the label of the bottle. If you have other medical conditions or are taking other medications consult your doctor before starting any treatment.


Cold compresses or ice packs are also a popular way of relieving wisdom tooth pain, though if the pain is so intense you need to apply this remedy, you must visit a dentist as soon as possible. Another home remedy that is said to work is garlic, as it has analgesic properties that may help reduce the inflammation.

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This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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  • Once wisdom teeth are fully exposed the pain should go away. If not, consult your dentist.
  • Some people do not have enough room in the mouth for the wisdom teeth to come out, and this can lead to the other teeth moving and twisting. See your dentist for a check-up.
  • Call your dentist immediately if you cannot close your mouth completely or if you cannot touch the affected area without pain.
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