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Does anyone have any home remedies for wisdom teeth pain?

Asked by RandomGirl (3352 points ) December 20th, 2012 from iPhone

I’m 16 and having problems with my wisdom teeth coming in. I know at least one will have to come out, but they don’t want to do it until we know about the others.
So, for now, I need to figure out how to handle the sensitivity in all my teeth, the stiffness in my jaw, the headaches, the nausea, and the dizziness. The actual pain the back of my mouth isn’t very bad at all. Go figure.
So: any home remedies? The headache really isn’t affected by pain meds in any way, shape, or form. I had some peppermints to settle my stomach earlier, but they’re gone now. Any other ideas?
How about any of the other symptoms? Any remedies will be greatly appreciated!

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Rarebear's avatar

Ibuprofen.

CWOTUS's avatar

Have you talked to your dentist and your parents about the symptoms that you’re experiencing right now?

It seems to me that the “want to” schedule should take second seat to “what you’re feeling”. Your dentist would probably agree that if you’re feeling pain, then it’s time to move on the extraction that will be necessary, and wait (assuming that the other one isn’t causing the pain) for the other tooth to make its appearance and problems known.

You’re having problems, so it’s time to act – I expect, though I’m not a dentist so I can’t give medical advice, obviously, and no responsible dentist can diagnose without a personal exam in any case – and not continue to treat symptoms.

JLeslie's avatar

It’s sounding to me like you need it removed sooner rather than later.

wundayatta's avatar

I was going to say ice, but all this sounds so non-localized, that I wonder if it’s really the wisdom teeth and not something else entirely.

RandomGirl's avatar

@wundayatta: Oh I hope not… I just got past a scare that I might have had a tumor in my brain. (It turned out that I needed glasses and that my wisdom teeth were bothering me.) I really would like these simple answers to be the end of it.

wundayatta's avatar

Are you wearing new glasses? That can explain some of the symptoms.

RandomGirl's avatar

I’ve had the glasses for about 3 weeks. They’ve felt very natural since day one.

wundayatta's avatar

Seems unlikely, then, although you could experiment by taking the glasses off for a while and seeing if any symptoms change—in maybe an hour or so.

OfAwesome's avatar

A warm towel or something along those lines…

dabbler's avatar

If your headache “isn’t affected by pain meds”, just curious do you grind or grit your teeth during the day ? Do you drink much caffeine?
You can get enough tension around the jaws to give you a headache that doesn’t really go away with aspirin and ibuprofen.

You need some other way to calm down your jaw. Have you tried jaw stretching and relaxation exercises ? Have you tried gentle massage of the jaw?

I had all four of my wisdom teeth taken out when I was a year or so younger than you are now and they were just beginning to come in. Dentists were skeptical that I was feeling discomfort, everything looked normal on x-rays and there was no pathology indicated.
I wasn’t adamant about much at that age, timid even, but I know I was persistent about it to my parents. Because of the crowding that was already starting, all of my teeth were “nervous” and I just couldn’t stand it. It was the first time I was under general anaesthesia. I suspect that seeing both of my sisters have braces on their teeth, for years, informed my instinct about the situation.
I am not a dentist and am not recommending anything in particular, but that’s my tale.

woodcutter's avatar

I had this and during this time the ear on that side felt like it had an ice pick jammed inside it. It was miserable and the tooth had to go pronto. But it was the throbbing ear ache that tipped me off first. There was nothing that would work other than ridding the tooth. Thats how you spell relief.

RandomGirl's avatar

@dabbler: I don’t grind my teeth, and lately, it’s been a bit painful to even bite my jaws together, much less build up tension. My dad keeps kidding me about the stupid look on my face when I let my jaw relax, lol. I’ll look up massages and stretching exercises for it – it might just help! Thanks for telling your tale, btw :)

JLeslie's avatar

I don’t know of someone suggested this already. Is it possibly you have an infection?

RandomGirl's avatar

@JLeslie: I suppose it is… What kind of infection do you have in mind?

Shippy's avatar

Until you get proper expert advice, I found a heated pad on my face helped a lot. Or a warmed beanbag if you have. Plus a painkiller in moderate doses. (Some say a warm teabag placed there helps too).

JLeslie's avatar

Well, you said the pain is not really in the location of the tooth. So, I’ll guess maybe sinus or gum infection. I think you should go to the doctor or dentist. Probably dentist, so if it is the tooth they can pull it sometime soon.

trailsillustrated's avatar

< is a dentist. Teeth are formed from the crown forward, so to speak. So that means, that, in your anywhere from your 14th to your 25th odd year, you are going to have wisdom teeth problems. By that I mean, the crown (the tooth part) can form in your mouth before the roots. You need what is called a periapical xray, and also, at your age, a panoramic xray. You probably need to have this tooth extracted.Home remedies? NO sugar. Extreme flossing and brushing. Go to a dental surgeon now. There aren’t really any home remedies for this sort of difficulty, I am sorry to say.

RandomGirl's avatar

@trailsillustrated: I’m getting some X-rays done on Thursday. I also bought some Orajel yesterday. The stuff is amazing.

deni's avatar

Are you sure it’s wisdom teeth? I don’t know anyone who physically started getting wisdom teeth in until their mid twenties. I mean, most people get them removed way before then. I’m 23 and I just had my first one pop through, painlessly (luckily I was only born with 2)....but tooth pain can be related to a lot of things, even clogged sinuses and things like that. One time I got sick with a cold and it also brought a toothache along with it, I couldn’t believe it. Anyhow, if it is wisdom teeth then you’ve already been given the answers above, just be sure thats what it is :)

RandomGirl's avatar

@deni: That was what I thought, too! But between these unexplained headaches and several of my teen friends having theirs removed, my mom thought wisdom teeth might be the answer. The dentist looked at some regular X-rays taken last spring, and lo and behold, they were right there, about to pop through! At least, that’s what he said. Apparently it’s surprising they’re not visible yet.

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