The wisdom teeth are the last teeth to develop. They are found in the corners of the mouth and are also known as the third molars. Many people don’t have any problems with their wisdom teeth, but occasionally, they can cause pain. This is usually because of a lack of space in the jaw. It may not always be possible to prevent discomfort, but hopefully, these four tips will help:
- Keep up to date with dental checks: when you have a dental check-up, your dentist will examine every part of your mouth. If your wisdom teeth are coming through, your dentist may be able to detect potential problems long before they start causing you pain. In this case, it may be possible to intervene early to prevent issues later on.
- Brush and floss: wisdom teeth can sometimes be painful because they’re prone to infection. This is often due to the fact that they are harder to reach because of their location. If your wisdom teeth are pushing through, make sure you clean them as best you can. It’s best to use a brush with a small head, so that you can get right into the corners.
- See your dentist if you’re in pain: if you’re struggling with tooth pain, don’t suffer in silence. Give us a call and we’ll arrange an appointment. In some cases, when the wisdom teeth cause a lot of pain, it’s better to remove them than to leave them in place. This is usually the best course of action when there isn’t enough room or the tooth is infected.
- Take over the counter pain relief: when the wisdom teeth emerge, it can be uncomfortable. To relive pain, we recommend taking over the counter medication. Always follow the dosage, and see your dentist if pain persists after a couple of days.