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Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth causing you pain? It's disruptive and annoying. And we know how stressful it can be.

Wisdom teeth are unpredictable and the pain can be so uncomfortable. Most people experience wisdom teeth discomfort from their late teens until their mid-twenties. Wisdom teeth pain is often caused by the eruption of the tooth in an abnormal position.

Sometimes wisdom teeth become impacted, or stuck, under your gums. This causes pain and irritation of the gums. Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to more serious issues, including infections and damage to the surrounding teeth. Symptoms like swelling, inflammation and intense pressure can mean your wisdom teeth will need to be removed. 

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Symptoms of wisdom teeth pain

Once wisdom teeth come through, you often feel pain or discomfort straight away. Some of the first signs of wisdom tooth problems can be upper or lower jaw pain, or swelling and redness of the gums. You can even experience headaches or earaches when your wisdom teeth come through.

The pain can range from slight tenderness to throbbing and constant pain which makes it difficult for you to open your mouth and brush your teeth in the surrounding area of the wisdom tooth causing you grief.

For more serious wisdom teeth pain, you may even suffer from bleeding gums, bad breath and have difficulty eating and swallowing. Impacted, or very painful wisdom teeth, can also lead to tooth decay and cavities. If it's ignored cysts can develop, which go on to infect the area nearby.

Causes of wisdom teeth pain

Unfortunately wisdom teeth don’t make us more wise! They can just be disrupting, annoying and in many cases will need to be removed. Most people have four wisdom teeth but for some people not all four will appear. When wisdom teeth appear there is often not enough space for them to grow so they come through in an abnormal position - these are called impacted wisdom teeth.

Impacted wisdom teeth can go on to cause issues such as:

  • Infection
  • Cysts
  • Decay
  • Damage to surrounding teeth

Wisdom tooth pain is common so there is no need to feel stressed. If you are experiencing pain from your wisdom teeth you should visit a dentist. The more serious problems from wisdom teeth can be prevented with swift removal.

Have questions?

The cost of wisdom tooth removal can vary depending on your situation. It’s important to look after your oral health to prevent future issues occurring. That’s why it’s often best to get your wisdom teeth removed. There’s no need to stress. When you experience pain from your wisdom teeth we recommend you visit a dentist. The dentist will assess your wisdom teeth and give you an estimate of the price of removal.  Make sure you select toothache when you book your appointment online.

Wisdom tooth pain can be extremely annoying and create distress for many people but don’t worry - it's really quite common! Often there isn’t enough room in our mouth for wisdom teeth to come through and they get stuck or come through on an angle. You can help reduce wisdom tooth pain at home by applying numbing gels, cold compresses and taking pain relief medication. These are only temporary treatment options, so we recommend seeing a dentist for permanent pain relief. 

It's normal to experience pain and discomfort when your wisdom teeth come through. This normally happens from your late teens through until your mid-twenties - and sometimes even older! Pain caused by wisdom teeth can be uncomfortable and create distress in our daily lives. If you are experiencing pain or irritation from your wisdom teeth, book an appointment at your nearest Lumino practice.

When your wisdom teeth erupt the pain can be constant or it can come and go. It can begin as minor pain and get more severe as the gums become inflamed and irritated around the tooth. In most cases, wisdom teeth pain won’t go away until the tooth causing you problems is removed. The pain may temporarily disappear but will return and cause discomfort again. Wisdom tooth removal is the best option for permanent pain relief.

We care about your oral health. Our number one priority is making sure you feel comfortable during any procedure. Wisdom tooth removal can often be done by a dentist or an oral surgeon. During the removal process you will be given anaesthesia so you won’t feel pain. Depending on your situation you could be fully sedated or given local anaesthesia.

Wisdom tooth pain is different than other types of pain in your body. It can feel irritating, annoying and cause swelling and inflammation in your mouth. Sometimes you may experience pain in your jaw, headaches, earaches and have difficulty swallowing and brushing. If you are having problems with your wisdom teeth book in to see a dentist as soon as possible.

If you ask around there are different home remedies for wisdom tooth pain, some better than others. Most dentists recommend pain relief medications, cold compresses, numbing gels and rinsing your mouth with salt water. These treatments are temporary so you will still need to see a dentist to get advice on removal of your wisdom teeth to prevent more serious issues from occurring.

We get it. We’re New Zealand’s largest group of dentists so we’ve seen more scared patients than any other dental practice in the country. For most people who are scared about visiting the dentist it’s because they’ve had a bad experience in the past. Relax. Our gentle and compassionate dentists understand how you feel. Whether you’re anxious or worried about experiencing more pain or the potential cost of the treatment, the best thing to do is to let us know how you feel. Making sure you feel comfortable is part of our job.

What now

Learn more about what's next by viewing some possible treatments. We recommend you book an appointment with a dentist for specific advice about your symptoms. You can search for your nearest practice and book online today.