Managing Wisdom Tooth Pain
Prior to having your wisdom teeth removed, you can manage the pain by:
- Using a mouth rinse: You can make a simple and effective mouth rinse at home by mixing a cup of warm water with a teaspoon of salt, then stirring. Swish the rinse in your mouth for about 30 to 60 seconds, then spit it out. Repeat as needed.
- Applying Benzocaine: If the above rinse is not effective, you can use a numbing medication known as Benzocaine. This medication is available in gel form, allowing you to easily spread it on your gums. (Dry the area you wish to treat before applying the medication.)
- Using cloves or clove oil: Apply a whole clove, without crushing or chewing it, to the area you are experiencing pain and wait for a numbing sensation. Alternately, dab on some clove oil using a cotton ball or swab.
- Taking Ibuprofen: Anti-inflammatory medications like Ibuprofen help to relieve wisdom tooth pain by reducing gum inflammation. Be careful not to exceed the recommended daily dose, however, as doing so can cause stomach irritation and other issues.