What Can I Do If I Am In Pain Now?

If you are currently in pain from your wisdom teeth, it is most likely caused by a local infection in the area.  This can be caused by food and bacteria getting caught in-between the tooth and the gum tissue.  It is important that you are seen to determine if Antibiotics may need to be prescribed to treat your infection.  Sometimes we need you to take the antibiotics for a few days prior to removal of the tooth.

Another cause of pain can be associated with a cavity in the wisdom tooth.  If the cavity has involved the nerve of the tooth it can cause severe pain.  A evaluation by an Oral Surgeon will verify the cause of your pain.  At that time, your surgeon will be able to determine the appropriate treatment for you.

Here are some suggestion of things you can do for temporary relief of the pain.

  • Brush and rinse the area that is involved to help clean the tooth of food and bacteria.  It is common to have a little bleeding when this happens. 
  • Rinse your mouth with warm salt water.  This will help wash away the bacteria and food and is very soothing to the gum tissue.  Use 8 oz of warm water and 1/8 tsp of table salt.
  • You may need to take Over the counter Tylenol, Ibuprofen, or Naproxen.  Please make sure you follow the instructions for the medication.

We will make ever effort to to see as soon as possible and provide you with the treatment appropriate for your condition