Over the Counter Medications Can Help with Wisdom Tooth Eruption Pain
Posted on 12/30/2019 by Harry Albers, DDS
Here at our office, we all know the pain of having wisdom teeth. It can annoying, agonizing, and even make it impossible to eat the foods you love. Fortunately, there are solutions to wisdom tooth eruption pain, and you can find them at your local drug or grocery store.
The first way to combat pain from wisdom tooth eruption is over the counter pain medication. The best medication for this is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, NSAID for short, which helps to fight wisdom tooth pain where it stems from.
Wisdom tooth pain, unlike other types of pain, is caused by the inflammation of gum tissue around where the tooth has broken skin. By taking a NSAID, you can reduce swelling around the tooth and relieve the pain that way. It will also make eating easier as you won't be biting down on your gum as much.
The next method to reduce wisdom tooth pain is to use ice. When wisdom teeth erupt, they often cause pain in the jaw. You can place an ice pack on both sides of your face cycling it on and off every 15 minutes. Just make sure to wrap your icepack in a thin cloth to protect your skin from the coolness of the pack.
The last method you can try to save yourself from wisdom tooth pain is using an over-the-counter toothache medicine in conjunction with a NSAID. Toothache medicine will numb the area the pain is coming from, which will help to reduce your pain and make eating easier.
Over The Counter Medications Will Not Solve The Problem
Though these are effective methods at subsiding the pain in the short-term, it's important to come see us to help you further. More often than not, wisdom tooth pain indicates that they should be removed as soon as possible. Wisdom teeth that are left to come in on their own usually cause a lot of dental problems and even gum infection which can lead to a lot more pain.