If you have ever experienced wisdom tooth pain, you know that it can be excruciating. The third, and final, molars tend to erupt between the ages of 17 and 25, although sometimes they do not appear at all. Many people endure significant discomfort when wisdom teeth erupt or become irritated, with the pain often radiating through the jaw, face and neck.

Although extraction is the most effective wisdom tooth pain remedy, there are also several remedies to try at home to alleviate swelling and inflammation for temporary relief. 


Why do I have Wisdom Tooth Pain?

There are several reasons for wisdom tooth pain, and depending on the cause, different treatments may be suggested by your dentist. These causes include:

  • The tooth breaking through the gums (erupting)
  • An impacted wisdom tooth
  • Cyst development
  • A cavity
  • Gum disease

There are numerous methods of wisdom tooth pain relief which vary from natural home remedies to medication, and wisdom tooth extraction. Here are some of the most common and effective ways to alleviate dental discomfort caused by a wisdom tooth.



Clove oil is a traditional wisdom tooth pain remedy for reducing inflammation and discomfort. Cloves contain eugenol which acts as an anaesthetic and antibacterial agent. Putting a few drops on a cotton ball and holding gum surrounding the affected tooth will numb the area.

Salt Water Rinse

A buildup of bacteria in broken gums where a wisdom tooth has erupted can result in pain and irritation.

The natural disinfectant properties of salt water help reduce bacteria and flush away food or debris, causing infection. Dissolve 1 tablespoon of salt in a cup of warm water. Rinse two or three times a day, and after eating.

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Over-the-Counter Medication 

If you have tried a natural wisdom tooth pain remedy without success, try over-the-counter medication. Aspirin, paracetamol and ibuprofen are common painkillers used to alleviate discomfort from wisdom teeth. Ibuprofen is particularly helpful for reducing inflammation

For targeted wisdom tooth pain relief, consider using dental numbing gel. If you are on any medication, always consult with a medical professional before taking new painkillers.


Wisdom Tooth Removal

In many cases, the only way to achieve permanent relief is with a wisdom tooth extraction. A simple wisdom tooth extraction is used for wisdom teeth that have fully erupted from the gum line. It is a routine procedure that is typically performed while the patient is under local anaesthetic. The post-extraction recovery process is usually straightforward. 

For partially or fully impacted wisdom teeth, you need a complex extraction. The dentist removes gum tissue to expose the affected tooth, and removes the tooth whole or in sections. A complex extraction requires sutures and is more likely to cause post-operative swelling and discomfort. 


Getting the Right Treatment

If you are suffering from wisdom tooth pain, finding the right wisdom tooth pain remedy is a priority. Seek medical advice and treatment from dental professionals that you can trust. 

At Gordon Family Dental, we understand the concerns of our patients and strive to find the right treatment options for your needs. For information about treating your wisdom tooth pain, contact us at (02) 9159 6163.

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