When most people think about teething, they think children. However, when your molars come in during your teens, and your wisdom teeth around your early 20s, it is much more painful than what children often go through.
This pain can be managed by some, but for most people, it is incredibly difficult. Here are a few things that you can do to help better manage the pain when you have a new tooth trying to erupt into your mouth.
Tooth Eruption is a Painful ProcessOne of the best ways to keep the pain manageable during this process is to drink a lot of cold beverages. This helps minimize swelling, allows you to feel full longer, and helps numb the area slightly. If cold beverages are not helping, you can try eating healthy frozen foods, such as frozen yogurt instead.
Another way to manage the pain is to take over the counter pain relievers. This can be in pill form, such as an ibuprofen, or in gel form, just like you would use on a child's gums. This kicks in very quickly and helps to keep the pain levels lower.
Ice can also help if the tooth that is trying to erupt is near the surface of the gums. Placing ice on your cheek nearest the erupting tooth can help to decrease swelling and inflammation, and numb up the area slightly. Sometimes just a bit of relief is all you need.
If you have a tooth trying to erupt and it is causing you pain, contact us. We will take a look at the tooth and see what options we have to help minimize your pain. If the tooth is impacted, such as your wisdom tooth, we may recommend extracting it to help you avoid any further pain from the problem.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (503) 673-9097 today.