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How to Manage the Eruption of Wisdom Teeth

Posted on 8/15/2019 by Dr. Elizabeth Vivona
How to Manage the Eruption of Wisdom TeethYour teeth grow in stages during your lifetime. Your first set of teeth or your baby teeth begin to emerge when you are around 6 months old. They start to fall out and are replaced by your adult teeth around 6 years of age. By the time you reach your teen years, most of your adult teeth are in place.

The only ones left to grow are your wisdom teeth. This typically occurs between the ages of 17 to 21 years old, but can happen at any time of adulthood. Wisdom teeth can cause pain and discomfort. It is a good idea to learn how to manage the different symptoms of the wisdom teeth emerging.

Managing the Symptoms

There are three basic ways that wisdom teeth emerge. They have enough space and grow in healthy. They are only able to partially emerge for some reason. The last way is that the wisdom teeth do not have enough room or are not able to emerge at all.

In all these cases, you will experience a variety of symptoms that can range from minor swelling, pain and discomfort to extreme pain and other issues that require immediate help. The good news is that unless the symptoms become too severe to manage, there are ways to deal with the symptoms as the wisdom teeth emerge.

What to Do
You can manage the pain and minor swelling associated with the eruption of wisdom teeth through over the counter pain medications such as ibuprofen and naproxen. In addition to these medications you can turn to some other remedies using products in your home.

Saltwater rinses are one of the best ways to manage the swelling that comes with the wisdom teeth. Cloves and clove oil can help with pain. Cold ice packs may provide some relief. These are all things that provide temporary relief and are not a permanent solution.

If you notice that your wisdom teeth are beginning to erupt, we can help you determine the steps you can take to manage the symptoms. We may determine what will happen and if you need to have the wisdom teeth removed.

For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.
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