Why Is Impacted Wisdom Teeth Painful

Are your wisdom teeth starting to cause slight discomfort and pain? It’s high time that you get them checked with your dentist. 

This article will discuss why your wisdom teeth become painful and how to relieve the pain effectively. 

How Do You Stop Your Wisdom Teeth From Hurting?

Wisdom teeth are the final set of molars that starts erupting during your late teens or even later. If they happen to have a good placement with the right alignment, they may not cause such issues. In these cases, you need not even remove them. 

However, if they come out sideways, partially, or in some cases do not even appear on the surface, oral hygiene becomes quite difficult. This causes bacteria growth, resulting in dental infection, which causes swelling, stiffness, and pain, including bad breath

To eliminate the pain caused by the impacted wisdom teeth completely, dentists may recommend extracting the affected wisdom tooth. The extraction procedure takes place in the hospital by an experienced dentist through surgical means. To avoid experiencing any pain, the dentist will numb the affected area with local or general anesthetics.

How Can I Ease Wisdom Tooth Pain?

In some cases, impacted wisdom teeth cause excruciating pain and tenderness. For pain relief, here are some remedies you can follow:

  • Rinsing your mouth with saltwater.
  • Ice packs or a cold compress can reduce the pain temporarily. 
  • Using peppermint tea as a mouth rinse. 
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin or ibuprofen can control the pain to an extent. 
  • Tea tree oil helps in decreasing inflammation.           
  • Using a mouth-numbing gel that contains benzocaine helps in easing the pain from the gums. 
  • From ancient times, clove oil is popular for its toothache relieving properties.

How Long Does Wisdom Teeth Pain Last?

Once the last wisdom teeth are fully developed, the pain from the wisdom teeth eases completely. It also includes the time taken for the tooth to break through the gums completely. 

Wisdom teeth usually develop between the age of 17 and 21 years. By this time, the jawbone’s bone structure gets firm and wisdom teeth may find it hard to come out easily. Hence, it takes a few months to erupt. 

During the teething period, the gums split open for the tooth to appear. This causes extreme pain and swelling in the gums. It takes around 4 to 5 years to develop fully and may experience pain throughout this time for some individuals. 

As wisdom tooth pain affects your lifestyle and overall health condition, some dentists advice their patients to do wisdom tooth extraction as a remedy. 

What Does It Mean If Your Wisdom Tooth Hurts?

When your wisdom tooth comes out through the jawbone, it breaks the gums to cause a slight swelling, soreness, and pain. This is common among all individuals as wisdom tooth growing is a painful process. If you happen to have impacted wisdom teeth, in some cases, it results in gum infections, which are quite painful. 

If your wisdom teeth happen to cause extreme pain, it might be due to the following issues:

  • Cavities. 
  • Gum infection. 
  • Formation of the cyst. 
  • Abscesses. 

Wrap Up

Wisdom teeth sometimes cause complications below the gum line. This may result in infections and gum diseases that can affect the adjacent tooth. In certain cases, when the excruciating pain persists – your dentist will advise you to get your wisdom teeth removed

Dr. Ross Bailey


Dr Bailey currently serves on the Australian Dental Association as immediate Past President, and before this has held office as President, Treasurer and Country Councillor. He is on the Australian Dental Association Federal Council and has always been keen to give back to the profession that has been his life. He has tutored young dentists at the Oral Health Centre in Perth, which he has held for over 20 years.

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