Anyone who has ever had problematic wisdom teeth knows how painful they can be. Before you are able to work with an oral surgeon to have them extracted, you may need some help relieving pain on your own at home. We’ve got 6 tips to help you find the relief you seek!
#1: Gargle with Warm Salt Water
Far and away the best at-home remedy for any problem affecting your teeth and gums is rinsing your mouth out with warm salt water. Warm water soothes the area to ease pain, and the salt provides a natural cleanser to remove toxins.
To make a salt water solution, simply boil a cup or two of water and toss in a few tablespoons of salt. Once the water has cooled off to about room temperature, gargle and rinse — doing so should provide a nice soothing sensation around the third molars.
#2: Apply an Ice Pack
Your cheeks may swell if you have infected wisdom teeth. To reduce the puffiness and take away some of the pain as well, try the tried and true ice pack remedy. Wrap a bag of ice (or peas, beans, the frozen item of your choice) with a cloth to protect your facial skin and apply the pack to the affected cheek in 10 to 15-minute intervals (15 minutes on, 15 minutes off).
#3: Pick Up Some Peppermint
Peppermint doesn’t just smell nice, it also provides soothing relief for aching wisdom teeth. You can use both fresh peppermint leaves and peppermint extract to enjoy its therapeutic effects. If you are using leaves, apply some directly to the tooth and leave on for about 20 minutes. For extract, apply it using a Q-tip or cotton ball.
#4: Try Wheatgrass
Even if you hate the way it tastes, swishing some wheatgrass around your mouth will remove toxins that live inside the emerging third molar to help you find relief from wisdom tooth pain. Leave wheatgrass juice in your mouth for one to two minutes and then spit it out if you wish. You don’t have to drink to stuff to benefit from its soothing benefits on an aching third molar!
#5: Clove Remedy
People have been using clove to treat tooth pain for centuries, so there must be something to it. Using a whole clove or just the oil will provide the same effect. Simply place the clove on the affected tooth and don’t remove it until the pain is gone. Otherwise, rub the clove oil on the tooth to kill toxins and relieve pain.
#6: Even Onion Can Help
It may not sound all that pleasant, but you can use onion to relieve tooth pain (if you can stand the bitter taste). Cut an onion open and place it in the affected cheek. Leave it in your mouth for 10 to 15 minutes if you can, and don’t be afraid to bite down on it to release some of those good juices. After the time is up, you should notice significant relief from your aching wisdom tooth.
About the Authors
Dr. Steve Koo and Dr. Thomas Weil are the oral surgeons Houston trusts. To learn more about wisdom tooth extraction or to schedule a consultation for your own teeth removal, you are invited to contact Piney Point Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at 713-783-5560.