Wisdom Teeth Infections : Symptoms , Causes & Home Remedies

Wisdom teeth infection symptoms  

Some of the symptoms associated with the wisdom tooth infection are as follows.

  • You have difficulty opening the mouth
  • Your gums are red or swollen
  • You have bad breath
  • Pain in the jaw.
  • The gums are tender or are bleeding.

Wisdom tooth infection causes

Wisdom tooth are relatively harder to clean, Food and bacteria get trapped between the gums and the tooth. The tooth may not grow properly or come out in an irregular shape. This improperly shaped tooth increases the chance of infection. There are several types of bacteria that causes infection.

Prevention from Tooth Infection

When a wisdom tooth is coming out, good oral hygiene will reduce the chances of infection. Brush your teeth twice, floss, and use mouth wash to reduce bacteria inside the mouth cavity. 

Steps to make the repair the damage:

Your dentist would as the first course of medicine treat the infection with anti-biotics. Once the infection has been contained, he would try to repair the damage to the teeth. If the teeth are heavily damaged, he might take the final action of removal of teeth.

Removal of teeth would be a surgical procedure and would be performed under local anesthesia.

Wisdom teeth infection home remedies

Following remedies would be useful in the treatment of the teeth; However, if discomfort persists, then the services of the Doctor should be availed. 

Thyme essential oil

Thyme oil is derived from the steam distillation of thyme flowers and leaves.

Thyme has been used as a medicine since ancient times, particularly for respiratory trouble. Thymol  20% constituent of the oil is a biocide; it kills harmful organisms and has strong anti-bacterial properties. A study found out that it is effective and cheap alternative to the anti-biotic against drug-resistant bacteria’s. Apply Thyme oil to the infected teeth by diluting it with a carrier oil like (Coconut oil). Do this a few times a day.

Wisdom teeth infection after removal

 You can get the infection even after removal. This leads to infection of pain and swelling. There can be discharge from the area. You might also suffer from chills and fever

FAQ About Wisdom Tooth Infection

Oregano Oil: Is a natural anti-biotic and has anti-inflammatory and painkilling qualities. Carvacrol is the most essential element in Oil. It also contains a significant amount of thymol. The former has anti-oxidant properties while later have antimicrobial property. 

Applied 3-4 times a day to the infected teeth will reduce infection and swelling. It should be diluted with other carrier oils before application.

 Wheatgrass:  is rich in chlorophyll with antioxidant properties. Compounds in chlorophyll reduce inflammation in cells. Consuming wheatgrass juice daily will kill bacteria and reduce tooth decay. It will also improve overall health as the juice is flush with nutrients.

Heat and Cold Therapy

Applying a heating pad or an ice pack around the infected tooth, will increase blood flow and consequently reduce swelling and pain. First, apply the heat pack for 15 minutes, and then use the ice pack for 15 minutes, keep on alternating the treatment. Make sure that you end the treatment with an icepack. Cold therapy reduces the temperature of the infected tissue and constricts the blood flow. It also numbs the nerve endings to reduce pain.


Turmeric is been used for ages as antiseptic to treat localized bacterial infection. It’s most active compound is Curcumin has many scientifically proven benefits. It can help wounds heal by decreasing inflammation and oxidation. Turmeric can positively help tissues and collagen as well. A recent study has found that it was able to reduce discomfort in Rugby players as Paracetamol and ibuprofen without their side effects. Either rub crushed turmeric directly to the wound or rinse the infected part with water that is been boiled with five grammas of turmeric and two cloves.


When menthol is applied, typically has a cooling sensation. It does so by blocking the calcium current along the nerves responsible for carrying sensation. It is a natural analgesic too. Mouth wash that contains alcohol, peppermint, and menthol should be applied to the infected part.


Aspirin helps relieve pain caused by wisdom tooth infection. Take a pill when you need, to feel relief. However, it should not be taken beyond the prescribed dose. Its effects are also temporary, and you would need to consult a dentist.


Garlic has been known for its medicinal qualities. It is also a spice that adds punch to a large number of dishes on the dining table. Crushed garlic is one of the best killers of attacking pathogens. If mixed with freshly crushed ginger, its antimicrobial properties become more potent. It is recommended for patients with high cholesterol and heart disease. It is also linked to longevity. 

Apply the paste to the infected area. This will reduce pain and infection. 

Tea Tree oil

Is one of essential oil native to Australia, It is very potent, hence should always be applied diluted with a carrier oil (olive, coconut). It is useful in combating germs. So use it to the infected part and rinse after 5-10 minutes. 

Aloe Vera

It has anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant properties. It helps in healing the damaged gum. The damage is caused to the gum when wisdom teeth try to grow in. Application of Aloe Vera gel will not only reduce infection but would have a cooling effect on the entire area. It will also prevent infection from spreading out.

Clove oil

Clove Oil is again an age-old remedy for removing toothache. Slightly warmed oil is applied to the infected region. Clove has anti analgesic and anti-bacterial properties. It also has a distinct aroma. A couple of gloves can be left in the mouth and gently chewed. The chewed juice mixed with saliva impacts the affected area.

Do I need to take antibiotics for wisdom tooth infection?

You will need to take antibiotics to get rid of the infection. Once the anti-biotics course has been completed, then only the tooth can be repaired or removed.

How do you know if you have a wisdom tooth infection?

Pus in the gums, pain in and around the tooth, bad taste and foul-smelling breadth are some of the these signals of wisdom tooth infection.

What is Pericoronitis?

Pericoronitis is inflammation of the tissue surrounding a third molar, otherwise known as a wisdom tooth. The condition occurs in the molar tooth that is covered or not fully visible. There would be a flap of gum tissue partially covering the top of the emerging tooth.

Is it serious?

It does need medical treatment; Chances of it going on its own are rare. If left untreated, it might impact bone destruction might follow. This is near to the air passage hence can become serious.

Is Pericoronitis contagious?

No it is not contagious, It will not spread to other parts of the body barring exceptional cases, nor will it impact other persons who come in contact.

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