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What you need to know about Wisdom Tooth Pain

Wisdom teeth, the last set of molars to grow in, often bring along discomfort as they make their debut. Most people get them in their late teens or early twenties. However, wisdom teeth often cause problems because our jaws are not big enough for them anymore. As humans evolved, our diet changed and so did the size of our jaws, leading to less room for these extra molars. When there isn’t enough space, wisdom teeth may become impacted, causing pain and other dental issues that need attention from dentists. Dealing with wisdom tooth pain can be challenging and confusing. In this article, you’ll discover what causes this pain and how wisdom teeth removal works. 

Signs and Symptoms of Wisdom Tooth Pain

  • Swollen gums around the tooth show a sign of discomfort or infection.
  • Tender gums may bleed when you brush or floss, indicating possible gum disease.
  • Jaw pain often occurs when a wisdom tooth is impacted.
  • Swelling around the jaw can make it look puffy and feel stiff.
  • Bad breath that won’t go away might come from decay caused by an impacted wisdom tooth.
  • You may get an unpleasant taste in your mouth which could be due to infection near the wisdom teeth.
  • You may have difficulty opening your mouth if swelling from an impacted tooth affects jaw movement.

Causes of Wisdom Tooth Discomfort

Feeling pain in the back of your mouth could mean your wisdom teeth are causing trouble. Often, they struggle to break through the gums because there’s not enough room. This can make them grow at odd angles or only partly emerge, which are called “impacted wisdom teeth.” The impacted teeth push against other teeth and this pressure causes pain and can change how your teeth line up. 

Sometimes these troubled molars lead to other serious issues like tooth decay or gum disease. Bacteria love tight spaces where they’re hard to reach with a toothbrush or floss. When plaque builds up around an impacted wisdom tooth, it becomes a breeding ground for germs and may result in painful infections such as pericoronitis.

Moreover, cysts can form around new teeth when fluid fills their sacs, putting adjacent roots and bone at risk. All these problems contribute to the discomfort you might feel due to problematic wisdom teeth.

Home Remedies to Alleviate Wisdom Tooth Pain

While we recommend visiting a dentist for effective pain relief, you can try a few options at home to alleviate the pain. Please note these remedies may provide temporary relief only. Extraction may be required to prevent future complications like overcrowded teeth.

Ice pack

Put an ice pack on your jaw to ease wisdom tooth pain. Wrap it in a cloth and hold it against your cheek for 15 minutes. This cold therapy helps lower swelling and numbs the area. Make sure you give your skin time to warm up after each session.

Ice packs are handy and can cut down on how much pain relief medicine you need. Just remember not to leave them on too long, so you don’t hurt your skin. They won’t fix the real problem behind the ache but can offer quick comfort from dental pain and soreness in your gums or jaw.

Saltwater rinse

Saltwater rinse is a simple and effective way to ease wisdom tooth pain. Mix warm water with salt and use it as a mouth rinse. This solution helps lower inflammation and can soothe your discomfort quickly.

Rinsing with saltwater also cleans the area around your wisdom teeth. It works against infections that might start there.

Use this method several times a day, especially after meals, to keep oral hygiene in check. Make sure the water is not too hot; just comfortably warm will do the job well! With each rinse, swish the saltwater gently around your mouth for about 30 seconds before spitting it out.

This remedy is great for managing dental problems like wisdom toothaches at home.


Moving from saltwater rinses, consider cloves as another natural remedy for wisdom tooth pain. Clove oil holds powerful anaesthetic and anti-inflammatory qualities that can provide relief.

To use it, soak a cotton ball in clove oil and gently press against the sore tooth. This can help numb the discomfort temporarily.

Chewing on whole cloves may also ease your pain if you don’t have clove oil handy. The spice’s natural properties help reduce swelling and fight infection in the mouth. Apply clove powder directly to the teeth if needed – it’s just as effective for soothing aches and protecting oral health.


Teabags are a handy remedy for calming wisdom tooth pain. The tannic acid found in tea acts as an astringent to numb the sore area and decrease inflammation. Gently press a warm, wet teabag against the troublesome tooth.

Black tea is often chosen for its high levels of tannin, which is especially good at providing relief.

This simple treatment won’t cost much and you can easily find it in your kitchen. Just make sure the teabag isn’t too hot before applying it to your gums. Use this method as part of your home care when wisdom teeth cause discomfort.

It’s an easy way to manage pain until you see your dentist.

Medical Treatments for Wisdom Tooth Pain

Medical treatments for wisdom tooth pain include acupuncture, numbing gel, and ibuprofen. These can provide relief from discomfort and inflammation associated with wisdom teeth.


Acupuncture uses thin needles to stimulate healing and reduce pain. It can decrease inflammation, improve blood flow, and relax jaw muscles. This safe approach is effective for managing wisdom tooth discomfort, especially for those seeking holistic options.

For people experiencing wisdom tooth pain, acupuncture offers a natural way to find relief without relying on traditional medications or treatments.

(This may not be the most ideal method, the source of the pain must be removed before it does more damage to the neighbouring tooth and anatomy structure around it. Please contact us if you are experiencing pain around the wisdom teeth).

Numbing gel

When seeking relief from wisdom tooth pain, numbing gel containing benzocaine can be a valuable aid. This topical anaesthetic is directed by dentists to reduce discomfort and sensitivity in the affected gum area.

Applied directly as per instructions, it helps manage pain while awaiting dental procedures and is often used alongside antibiotics and other pain medications for effective relief.

Numbing gel with benzocaine provides safe and effective reduction of gum feeling and dulls pain, offering patients a way to ease their discomfort before undergoing necessary dental treatment.


Ibuprofen is a common recommendation for managing wisdom tooth pain. It helps reduce inflammation and discomfort associated with the emergence and impaction of wisdom teeth. Often prescribed by medical professionals, it effectively alleviates soreness following wisdom tooth removal.

Ibuprofen can be used to address the discomfort caused by impacted wisdom teeth, making it an effective option for managing pain during this process.

Remember not to exceed the recommended dosage when using ibuprofen for wisdom tooth pain relief. Always consult a healthcare professional before starting any new medication regimen or if you have underlying health conditions that may interact with ibuprofen.

Wisdom Teeth Removal In Melbourne: An Overview

Wisdom teeth removal is a surgical procedure done by dental surgeons to alleviate pain and prevent further complications. This typically occurs when the wisdom teeth are impacted, causing discomfort and potential damage to surrounding teeth and gums.

The surgery involves making an incision in the gum tissue to expose the tooth and bone before removing it. In some cases, the tooth may need to be divided into smaller pieces for easier removal.

Local anaesthetic is commonly used during the procedure to minimise pain, while sedation may also be offered for patients with anxiety or nervousness.

It’s important to note that after wisdom teeth removal, there will be some post-operative care required such as maintaining good oral hygiene and adhering to any specific instructions given by your dental surgeon.

It’s normal to experience some swelling, mild discomfort or bleeding in the days following the surgery but these symptoms can usually be managed with proper pain relievers and rest.

At With U Dental, the cost of wisdom tooth removal can generally range from between $300 to $550 per tooth. It can vary depending on several factors, including the complexity of the surgery and your unique situation.

Dr Edward Lee at With U Dental is a leading authority in the field of wisdom teeth removal throughout Australia. He teaches his art of wisdom teeth removal to budding & practicing dentists and has participated in creating the most-sold Wisdom Teeth Removal textbook in the world. Unlike traditional methods that involve extensive bone cutting and large incisions in the gums, Dr. Lee’s techniques aim to preserve as much bone and gum tissue as possible. If you are in Melbourne and need help with wisdom teeth pain, book your appointment today!

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