Wisdom Teeth Swelling Reduction Methods

Wisdom Teeth SwellingWisdom teeth usually make an appearance between the ages of 17 and 21 or even older. Wisdom teeth are also known as the third molar. They are the teeth farthest back in the mouth. Some people never have a problem with wisdom teeth. For other people the wisdom teeth may try to come in at a strange angle. Some people do not have enough room in their jaw to accommodate the emerging wisdom teeth. Both of these situations cause wisdom teeth pain. A tooth might break the skin, and then the skin grows over the tooth trapping bacteria and particles of food. If that happens, the person will have a wisdom teeth infection. Regardless of the cause, the solution is wisdom tooth extraction.

A dentist or oral surgeon will order xrays to determine the cause. Wisdom teeth removal is often done as an out-patient procedure, but come cases may require hospitalization. The dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding area. If there is skin or bone on top of the tooth, which will be removed. Next, the gum is separated from the tooth. The tooth is then removed either in parts or in its entirety.

As you can imagine, one side effect of this procedure is wisdom teeth swelling. For the first 24 hours, ice packs applied to the outside of the face will help reduce wisdom teeth swelling. For the next several days, moist heat is the treatment of choice. A warm, wet washcloth works well to reduce wisdom teeth swelling for the next two or three days. On the second day after the tooth extraction you can rinse your mouth gently several times a day with warm salt water to further reduce wisdom teeth swelling.