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How Can I Prevent Pain From An Impacted Tooth
An impacted tooth is one that is for one of many reasons unable to erupt into the oral cavity: they may be vertical, horizontal, in bone, impacted in soft tissue (gum/gingiva), it may be due to local pathology i.e. Proximity to an extra tooth or undifferentiated mass of tooth like tissue or an "odontoma", it can be due to crowding, and usually it is a wisdom tooth that lacks ...Read more
Orthodontics: Your genetics will control the development of an impaction. With the help of a dentist, you could try creating space for the erupting tooth and guiding its eruption with elective extractions or orthodontics to prevent some impactions like canine impactions. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Ice : Try advil or tylenol (acetaminophen). Place an ice pack on cheek or try moist heat. Some people get relief chewing sugarless gum since it massages the gums. If no relief in a few days, contact a dentist to check for decay and to make sure there is enough room for it to erupt. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Extraction: This all depends upon why your wisdom tooth hurts. It may be due to an infection of the gum tissue around the erupting tooth. In such a situation, antibiotics are prescribed to treat the infection. If the tooth is impacted, it should be extracted. This will remove the offending tooth and relieve your pain. Consult an oral surgeon to see the proper course of action. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pain meds: Either otc pain meds or narcotics prescribed by your dentist should be able to relieve any discomfort that you may have. ...Read more
Professional care: You need immediate professional help. Pain is a red flag telling you your problem is getting out of hand. See an Oral Surgeon. Until your appointment cold compresses and OTC NSAIDs (follow pkg directions exactly) may temporarily help take edge off. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Follow instructions: I'm sure the dentist that removed your 1st premolar gave you post-surgical instructions. Please follow them. ...Read more
Pericoronitis: Happens when the gums behind your wisdom teeth or back teeth become infected. If the pericoronitis is mild, warm salt water rinsing and oral hygiene will temporary solve the problem. If your gums, jaw, and cheek are swollen and painful you should see a dentist asap for imaging and treatment with antibiotics. Take care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Have a dry socket from tooth extraction. There is currently an ice storm and can't get to dentist. What can I do to relieve pain in the meantime?
NSAIDs + Tylenol (acetaminophen): You can take NSAIDs or Tylenol) to ease the discomfort. Sometimes these OTC medications aren't enough to relieve the pain. Keep a good oral hygiene and clove oil has proved to be an effective treatment for dry socket. Take care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ice/heat: In the first few hours after the extraction, it is recommended that you out ice on the cheek on the side of the extraction. After the first day, you can put mild heat. Always be careful not to hurt yourself with the ice or heat. If the swelling is painful, and doesn't seem to improve, then consult with your dentist or surgeon immediately. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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