There are several options for self-treatment of wisdom tooth pain
, which is most commonly the result of an inflammation of the gum surrounding these teeth-- a "pericoronitis":
-liberal use of oral analgesics-- aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen, etc.
-avoiding chewing on the affected side (assuming both sides aren't affected)
-frequent rinsing with hot salt water solution (½-teaspoon salt dissolved in an 8-ounce glass of water as hot as possible without being hot enough to burn your mouth, rinsed for two minutes at a time at least every 3 or 4 hours).
Realize that what you can do on your own is quite limited, and may only provide temporary symptomatic relief. Wisdom tooth infections
can sometimes become quite severe, and have a tendency to be recurrent.
The only permanent
way of eliminating wisdom tooth pain is to have your wisdom teeth
extracted by your dentist
, since the factors that favor the development of these toothaches
usually remain even after an acute crisis has passed. I strongly suggest that you have your wisdom teeth assessed by your dentist to determine whether your pain
is likely to resolve on its own, and whether the condition of these teeth makes recurrence likely. If these episodes become particularly severe or frequent, it definitely argues convincingly for having those wisdom teeth removed.
Hope this helps...