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HELP!!!! Dr Eamonn my Wisdom Teeth Are Killing Me!!


My 6 Top Tips for Emergency Killer Wisdom Tooth Ache!

Pain, Swelling, Bad Taste, Difficulty Opening Your Mouth, Feeling Unwell???



Impacted wisdom teeth can easily gather debris and nasty bacteria causing an infection called pericoronitis. Left untreated pericoronitis can spread into a severe infection under your tongue or into your neck!!!

Get some Pain Relief Medicine. What do you normally take for a headache?

 Ibuprofen (Nurofen )

 Ibuprofen and codeine combined (Nurofen Plus),

 Paracetemol (Panadol),

 Paracetemol and codeine combined (Solpadeine)


Read the instructions carefully noting any contra indications and do not exceed the dosage. If in doubt consult your pharmacist.

Warm Salt Mouthwash. This really helps! Put a tea spoon of salt into a glass of warm water. Keep it over your painful impacted wisdom tooth. This helps sooth the area, cleaning it and draws the infection into your mouth.


Ring your Dentist’s Office to arrange an appointment for an emergency assessment ASAP Remember you don’t want the nasty pericoronitis infection to spread into your neck.



Your dentist will check your medical history, listen to your symptoms, probably take an x ray to diagnose the problem and recommend the appropriate treatment for you. This may include:


Antibiotics to kill the infection


Stronger Pain Relief Medicine


Discuss with you whether or not to take out your impacted wisdom tooth.



Drink Plenty of Liquids. It is really really really important to stay hydrated to help your body fight the possible infection around the wisdom tooth. The liquid also helps flush out the medicine from your system. If you can, try eat soft food. After you have eaten don’t forget to wash out your mouth with the hot salt mouth wash!!!


Use a Cold Compress. For example a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a towel placed against your cheek can give good relief. Always making sure it is not directly in contact with the skin. 

Never use a warm compress. This will make your infection worse.

Try not to Smoke!! Smoking promotes the nasty bacteria that cause the pericornitis infection and smoking also stops your body from fighting the infection head on. As if you didn’t need another excuse to stop smoking!!!

Hi, thank you for taking the time to read my six top tips for Emergency Killer Wisdom Tooth Ache. I really hope they help you get sorted ASAP. If you have any other tips, questions or comments please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and I’ll do my best to help




Dr. Eamonn B.D.S.


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