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What You Need to Know About Wisdom Teeth Pain

Woman with wisdom tooth pain

Wisdom teeth are the third (and final) set of molars to erupt inside your mouth. Depending on your family history and gender, your wisdom teeth may come in sometime during your mid-teen years or into your late 20s.

The reason most people get their wisdom teeth taken out, is because they start to hurt (or hurt the teeth around them).


Managing Discomfort, Swelling, and Infection

Most of the pain that comes from wisdom teeth is due to the pressure or swelling that they’re causing. You may start to notice an off-and-on soreness that tends to fluctuate from one day to the next. As with a baby teething over the course of several months, your third molars can cause just as much discomfort.

Rinse with warm salt water, take a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication as directed (such as Motrin) and apply a cold compress to the side of your mouth to temporarily relieve swelling before scheduling a trip to Purity Dental.


There Could Be Other Teeth at Risk

Your wisdom tooth pain could mean that there are complications developing, which can affect your neighbouring teeth as well. Overlooking soreness or a swollen jaw could mean undiagnosed cysts or decay.


Does it Hurt Getting Them Removed?

Getting your wisdom teeth removed doesn’t have to be a horribly painful ordeal. But to ensure your comfort and put your mind at ease, we offer convenient oral sedation options to help you relax through the entire procedure.


Not All Wisdom Teeth Will Hurt

Being completely pain-free doesn’t necessarily mean there’s nothing to worry about when it comes to your wisdom teeth. Schedule a checkup with one of our Mulgrave dentists every six months to ensure your mouth is healthy. If symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth, infection, or decay are starting to develop, we’ll let you know as early as possible.

Contact Purity Dental today to schedule a wisdom tooth evaluation for yourself or your teen!