Being pregnant can cause enough discomfort on its own, and dealing with a painful wisdom tooth in the meantime can make you miserable. In some cases, having that tooth removed is the only way to gain some relief. Plus, wisdom teeth can often become infected, and the infection can cause harm to your baby. This means that you may need to see an oral surgeon to have a wisdom tooth extracted while you are pregnant. However, one thing that you might be worried about is dealing with the pain without causing harm to your little one. These are a few ideas for gaining some relief without taking strong medication. 1. Use an Ice Pack One classic way to reduce swelling and alleviate pain after a wisdom tooth extraction is to use an ice pack. Hold a bag that is filled with ice, a bag of frozen vegetables or an ice pack that you have purchased from a medical supply store against the side of your face. To make it more comfortable, you can create a barrier between the ice pack and your face with a washcloth or towel. For the first three days after your procedure, you can use an ice pack for about 10 minutes once per hour. After that, you should use it for about 15 to 20 minutes at a time, three times per day. The ice pack will help reduce swelling and can help numb the painful area. 2. Take Acetaminophen Oral surgeons often prescribe stronger pain medication to help provide relief for patients after a wisdom tooth extraction, but many of these medications can be harmful for your baby. Therefore, you will need to stick with something that won’t harm your little one. Most doctors agree that it is safe to take acetaminophen while you are pregnant, so this could be a safe option. Avoid taking it unless you have talked to your doctor first, though, and make sure that you do not take more than the recommended dosage. 3. Gargle Saltwater It might not taste good, but saltwater is great for relieving both swelling and pain in your mouth after surgery. Wait a few days after your procedure before doing so — your oral surgeon should be able to tell you when it’s safe — and then mix together one teaspoon of salt with an eight-ounce cup full of water. A wisdom tooth extraction can be very painful, but to ease this discomfort while you are pregnant, follow these three baby-safe tips. To learn more, contact an oral surgeon office like Altoona Center For Oral Surgery & Maxillofacial...