Wisdom Tooth Pain: Causes and Cures

wisdom teeth pain

If your wisdom teeth are starting to cause pain it’s probably time to have them looked at. There are a few reasons why your wisdom teeth might be hurting you, and the majority of those reasons indicate that wisdom teeth removal is needed.

Most people have their wisdom teeth removed because they simply don’t have room to grow in without becoming impacted or shifting other teeth. No matter the reason, wisdom teeth rarely cause pain unless there is something wrong.

5 Causes of Wisdom Tooth Pain:

  • Growing Pains: If your wisdom teeth are hurting, it could simply be them growing in. When they break through the gums it can cause pain, slight swelling and soreness.
  • Cavity: Due to lack of space, wisdom teeth often grow in very close to neighboring teeth. This tight space is hard to clean making it a prime spot for cavities to form.
  • Impacted Tooth: If a wisdom tooth becomes impacted it can cause swelling, pain when chewing or biting, pain in the jaw and difficulty opening your mouth.
  • Cyst Development: When a wisdom tooth is impacted a cyst can form at the impacted tooth’s follicle causing pain (and damage) in the tooth and jawbone.
  • Gum Disease: Gum disease is more likely to form on wisdom teeth because their location and lack of space make them harder to clean.

Here are some ways to relieve pain from wisdom teeth:

Wisdom Teeth Removal: Having your wisdom teeth removed is the best way to fix any wisdom tooth related issues and prevent any future problems. However, if your wisdom teeth are already causing you pain, you’ll need to ease the pain naturally until your appointment rolls around.

Cold Compress/Ice: A cold compress or ice pack can help temporarily dull the ache in your jaw.

Ibuprofen/Aspirin: An anti-inflammatory, like ibuprofen or aspirin, will help control the pain. Just make sure you don’t take more than the recommended daily dosage.

Benzocaine: There are many different brands of mouth numbing gels made of benzocaine. You can use any benzocaine agent to dull the pain in your gums, even Baby Orajel.

If you think you are experiencing pain from your wisdom teeth you should schedule an appointment to have them checked out as soon as possible. Wisdom teeth removal is the best way to cure and prevent any wisdom tooth related oral health problems. Contact us today to schedule a consultation or visit our website at www.texasoralsurgery.com.

Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Welcomes Two New Surgeons

Dr. David Hoffman and Dr. Justin Liska join growing practice


Dr. David Hoffman

The Woodlands, TX – 8.2.16 – Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery proudly announces the addition of two new surgeons at its growing practice. Dr. David Hoffman and Dr. Justin Liska recently joined the staff, which now includes nine surgeons practicing at six area locations.

“We couldn’t be more pleased about the addition of these two surgeons,” said Dr. Stephen Dwyer of the Conroe location. Both surgeons recently completed their

Dr. Justin Liska

Dr. Justin Liska

oral and maxillofacial surgery residencies and are trained, experienced and equipped to practice the full scope of their specialty, which includes wisdom teeth extractions, dental implant placement, oral pathology and orthognathic surgeries.

Dr. Justin Liska, a native Houstonian and graduate of Texas A&M, will practice in Conroe with Dr. Dwyer. Dr. David Hoffman, a graduate of The University of Notre Dame and the University of Kentucky, will practice in The Woodlands – Technology Forest with Dr. M. James Clark and Dr. Brian Unterman.

“With the addition of two new surgeons, patients will have more options and flexibility when scheduling consultations or surgical procedures,” explains Dr. Clark. Historically, Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery has closed at noon on Wednesdays. With the addition of Dr. Hoffman and Dr. Liska, the Conroe and Technology Forest offices will remain open on Wednesday afternoons to accommodate its patients’ busy schedules.


About Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery works closely and cooperatively with referring general dentists, orthodontists and prosthodontists to ensure the most successful outcome of a surgical treatment plan. For more information about Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Dr. Justin Liska and Dr. David Hoffman, please visit texasoralsurgery.com.