Wisdom teeth have a reputation for being problematic. While some people experience wisdom teeth swelling and discomfort, others have no problems at all.
When wisdom teeth come through your gums correctly, they will assist you with chewing your food and there shouldn’t be any problems. If there isn’t enough room in your mouth for them to come through correctly, however, they can get stuck in the gums in which case they referred to as impacted wisdom teeth.
Why Are My Wisdom Teeth Swelling?
It’s perfectly normal for you to experience swelling and discomfort when your wisdom teeth start to break through your gums.
Once they have come through, there are certain complications which could cause further wisdom teeth swelling, these include:
- Your wisdom teeth are misaligned and consequently, food particles get trapped, causing bacteria to grow, which can lead to cavities
- A wisdom tooth only partially emerges which enables bacteria to enter the gums and jaw
- Cysts and abscesses can form around impacted wisdom teeth causing infection
How To Reduce Wisdom Teeth Swelling
Wisdom teeth swelling is often more painful if you have a piece of food lodged in the area. This being the case, you should rinse your mouth thoroughly to dislodge it. The swelling should start to subside on its own but if it doesn’t try flossing around the area to remove trapped food and rinse your mouth with warm saltwater.
Other ways to reduce wisdom teeth swelling include:
- Sucking on an ice pop keeping it close to the swollen area
- Apply a cold compress or ice pack directly on to your cheek, next to the swelling
- Avoid anything which could irritate your gums such as tobacco or alcohol
- Take over-the-counter painkillers such as Ibuprofen
So now you know how to reduce wisdom teeth swelling, hopefully, you will feel more comfortable. If you’re experiencing regular pain or infection then get in touch. Our dentists may recommend wisdom teeth removal to get you out of pain.
At Randwick Smiles, we use x-rays to monitor wisdom teeth and ensure they are coming through correctly and that there are no problems. If you think your wisdom teeth may be starting to break through, why not book an appointment with us today. Call today on 02 8188 4625 or book online.