Most people experience an element of wisdom teeth swelling when their teeth are trying to break through the gums, and this can cause discomfort and pain. However, if your wisdom teeth come through correctly, there should be no further problems.
Unfortunately, since wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to come through, often there isn’t sufficient room in the mouth for them, and they end up jostling for space and causing problems.
Why Are My Wisdom Teeth Swelling?
Once these last teeth have come through correctly, any wisdom teeth swelling usually disappears of its own accord. However, there are certain complications which could cause continual wisdom teeth swelling and pain.
- An impacted wisdom tooth which has allowed bacteria to enter the gums and jaw
- A wisdom tooth has come through at an awkward angle making it difficult to clean and trapping particles of food which can cause infection and decay
- A cyst or abscess has formed around a partially erupted wisdom tooth and caused an infection
How To Reduce Wisdom Teeth Swelling
If you’re wondering how to reduce wisdom teeth swelling, then hopefully, the following tips will be helpful:
- Rinse your mouth with warm saltwater – Often wisdom teeth cause particles of food to become trapped and this can irritate and infect the gums. Try flossing your teeth to dislodge any food debris and rinse your mouth with warm saltwater. This will kill any bacteria and ease the pain and the swelling should start to reduce.
- Apply a cold compress – Place this or an ice pack on your cheek near to the swollen area and this should help reduce wisdom teeth swelling
- Take painkillers – Over the counter anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen can be taken as prescribed to ease pain and reduce swelling
If you are suffering from regular wisdom teeth swelling and discomfort then wisdom teeth removal may be the best option. Why not contact the experienced dentists at Sandstone Point Dental for a wisdom teeth assessment?
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