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To rub salt on gum?

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EmeraldScorn Mon 09-Jan-17 20:07:54

I have an impacted upper wisdow tooth that first erupted about 15 years ago.

It was unable to position itself properly in my mouth, so it ended up partially coming through the gum and setting itself at a very odd and difficult to reach (with a brush) angle. I eventually needed a filling in it and I haven't had any bother from it in about 10 years.

Recently though I have had severe gum pain from it and although I can't see the area, I can certainly feel the pain from it. "Testing" the area with my finger I can feel that the gum surrounding the wisdom tooth is swollen and very painful. My face on one side has swollen also and traditional painkillers haven't given me much relief.

So I resorted to my friend Google and after some reading decided to go with the suggestion of rubbing salt on to my gum.... Was this a stupid idea and a completely unreasonable approach to take? It hasn't relieved the pain any and instead is now intensely burning but apparently I'm meant to repeat it every few hours for a whole day, I've only done it once.

I'm close to tears with the pain of it.

scruffmacduff Mon 09-Jan-17 20:22:04

I had a wisdom tooth come through - it was so so painful (gum, same as you describe).

I went to the dentist and she suggested injecting corsadyl onto the area where the gum meets the tooth as she suspected I had an infection. Well, she poked the gum with the mirror thing and I just about bit her finger off, it was that painful.

Her suggestion was to not brush that tooth but to gargle corsadyl over it twice or three times a day until the pain and swelling had gone. It worked for me.

Could you get some corsadyl tonight (it might give you a bit of relief) and then phone your dentist in the morning? The last thing you want is it turning out to be something like an abscess sad

Supermagicsmile Mon 09-Jan-17 20:26:53

Get a dentist appointment asap. In the mean time, use a salt water mouth wash tonight and tomorrow buy a mouthwash suitable for gum problems etc that helps kill bacteria like corsodyl. Hope it feels better soon.

EmeraldScorn Mon 09-Jan-17 20:51:29

Thanks guys. There's a 24hr supermarket near me so I'm going to run out now and see if I can get some Corsadyl. I've a dentist appointment booked but it's not until Friday, hopefully I can manage until then. Thanks again!

User1980 Mon 09-Jan-17 21:09:10

Hi OP. So sorry you are suffering this; dental pain is awful.
Dentists often do recommend rinsing with salty water. Corsodyl is also good. However it sounds more like a raging infection, which would need antibiotics.
Sometimes dentists can't treat an infection adequately until the infection has subsided, so you could try to get an emergency appointment tomorrow and maybe the dentist wil prescribe antibiotics immediately, then make another appointment in a few days. Phone the dentist first thing tomorrow and make clear to the receptionist that you are suffering a high level of pain.
Paracetamol is good for dental pain. So is nurofen as it can reduce swelling. Be careful not to overdose (it sounds obvious, but when you are in pain, it can be easily done). You can take paracetamol then 4 hours later take nurofen so that you are alternating medicines, reducing the risk of taking too much of either analgesic.
If you are in agony, there should be an out-of-hours clinic or an emergency number you can call. Don't think "oh, it's not serious as it's only a dental problem," as an untreated infection can be dangerous. I don't think you should wait until Friday from the information you have given. Good luck OP.

BeingMePls Mon 09-Jan-17 21:35:58

I'm experiencing the same thing! Emergency appt tomorrow morning.

Get some Oragel to rub around the gum area (it numbs it) and a colleague recommended Solpadeine Plus (soluble tablets) for pain. I got mine in the pharmacy bit of tescos.

Good luck and hope you feel better soon!

Miserylovescompany2 Mon 09-Jan-17 21:48:00

Corsodyl is great short term, but it does stain teeth. Clove oil is good for gum pain. It tastes and smells rank. If your face is swollen, you probably need antibiotics. So book an appointment ASAP.

Aspirin devolved in a little water and swish it around your mouth. Also biting down on a metal/gold ring ileviates some of the pain.

User1980 Mon 09-Jan-17 21:51:35

Just to say, Solpadeine/co-codamol can be great for many people, but it is codeine-based, and about 10% of the population are resistant to codeine, meaning they get no pain relief from it. Other opioid painkillers which fall into this category are the prescription drugs tramadol and DF118/Dihydrocodeine.
So do talk to the pharmacist, and buy some different types of painkillers, including nurofen and paracetemol. Diclofenac can also be helpful but you need a prescription.

mineofuselessinformation Mon 09-Jan-17 21:58:26

If you have three incidents of pericoronitis in a year (infection around a tooth), you can get the tooth taken out.
Another option is antibiotics, and mouthwash. Yes corsodyl can stain. Dc's doctor told them to dilute it 50 / 50.

user1473878824 Mon 09-Jan-17 23:10:26

Hi OP. I also have an impacted wisdom tooth. I found this out a few years ago after a terrible infection that left me looking like Desperate Dan on one side. Definitely pop to the dentists and get some antibiotics! Since then it has been sore a few times, due to little bits of food getting caught under the gum (which makes my stomach turn), but now make sure to give it a really good going over when I clean my teeth. Gargling warm, salty water will help but I think you do really need some antibiotics. It's the worst pain so I really do feel for you!

Fluffyears Mon 09-Jan-17 23:19:04

I had this several times. Swish with hot as you can stand salty water several times a day. Especially after eating but you will need your dentist to clean the area and possibly AB's. I had to getmy wisdom teeth taken out in the end as it kept happening. Google 'pericoronitis', thats what you have.

wurlycurly Mon 09-Jan-17 23:30:07

If it is horrible pain with swelling, you may well have an abcess. Dissolve dolpadeine in warm water and swill this round he infected bit or your mouth before swallowing. Use bongela topically, or clove oil. If it is an infection, the dentist will prescribe an antibiotic. Try to see the dentist sooner!

wurlycurly Mon 09-Jan-17 23:31:24


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