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Align & Smile – Have you got a wisdom tooth that’s bothering you?

Are you in pain with a wisdom tooth? If the answer is yes, here are a few tips to help you get through the pain before you see your dentist.

Sore Mouth Rinse

Mix a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water and stir to dissolve. Swish this around your mouth for about 30 to 60 seconds before spitting it into the sink. Repeat this as necessary throughout the day.


Take a whole clove (don't crush or cut it) and place it in your mouth on exactly the place causing the most pain. Keep the clove in your mouth until you feel a numbing sensation. Another option is to use clove oil: Dab a little clove oil onto a cotton ball and brush it gently over your sore gums.

Pain Killers

Anti-inflammatory medicine is useful in helping to numb the pain from your teeth and to help you get on with your day.


An anti-bacterial mouthwash, which contains chlorhexidine, could also help to alleviate the inflammation.

Reasons for removing wisdom teeth

Far fewer wisdom teeth are now being taken out than in the past. If the tooth is not causing any particular issues, then your dentist will usually just leave it alone. However, if there is not enough space for the wisdom tooth to come through into a beneficial position, then it could be removed. If the wisdom teeth are decayed in any way as they have only come part through and have been difficult to clean, then they will more than likely be removed.

What to expect if your wisdom teeth are removed

It depends on how difficult it was to remove the wisdom teeth as to how much discomfort you may feel after having your wisdom teeth removed. There will usually be some swelling and slight pain for at least a few days afterwards. It is important to follow the aftercare advice you have been given from your dental professional.

Mouthwashes can sometimes be taken to help with the healing, and normal painkillers, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen will usually keep any pain at bay.

If you have concerns with a wisdom tooth, please don’t suffer in silence and call us on 020 7538 9990 or visit our website