Tooth pain can prevent you from doing the activities you love and completing your daily routine. It can result in discomfort and this situation can be both inconvenient and distracting. If you experience acute tooth pain, it is important to get in touch with an emergency dentist, and there are also steps you can take until your appointment to manage your pain.
Managing Tooth Pain
It’s not always possible to see an emergency dentist right away and pain management is important in these situations. The following can help ease the pain until you get to your appointment:
- Salt-water rinse. This is a very effective at-home remedy and dentists will recommend doing a salt-water rinse at home as this can help manage tooth pain. Not only will salt-water help loosen food particles stuck between your teeth and gums, it will also act as a natural disinfectant and will help reduce oral swelling that occurs around the affected tooth.
- Cold compress. Oral pain is often accompanied by swelling and applying a cold compress to the outside of your face or cheek over the painful area can help reduce swelling and relieve pain. It’s also recommended that you keep your head elevated if you have any noticeable swelling as this will help prevent any additional fluid from gathering in the affected area.
- Pain relievers. If home remedies are not helping, you can see a pharmacist and ask about pain relievers like ibuprofen which can provide you with short-term relief. While this is not a permanent solution, it can help you get through the day and can be effective until you get to your dental appointment.
What is the cause of your tooth pain?
It is important that you determine the cause of your pain and your dentist will assess the situation to make a diagnosis. Common causes of tooth pain include:
- Lost crown. You need to place the crown in a safe place and contact your dentist right away if you experience a lost crown.
- Broken tooth. Rinse your broken tooth with water and apply sterilized gauze to the affected area. You should also use an ice pack to reduce swelling and call your dentist right away.
- Lost tooth. You need to get to an emergency dentist right away if you have a lost tooth because they may be able to save the tooth if you arrive at the dental office within a specific period. If the tooth is whole and intact, rinse it gently but do not clean it. Try to insert the tooth back into the socket if you can or, place it in a clean container of water or milk and bring it with you to your appointment.
- Uncontrollable bleeding. Apply firm pressure by placing a gauze on the bleeding site for 15 minutes and if the bleeding does not stop, place a wet black tea bag on the site and apply firm pressure for about 20 minutes.
Experiencing tooth pain can be disruptive but temporary relief is possible. This guide has outlined natural, over-the-counter, and emergency measures to manage discomfort until a dental appointment. For lasting solutions and accurate diagnosis, consult an emergency dentist as soon as able. Adopting tried-and-true techniques from this list will help patients comfortably carry on with daily activities while awaiting professional treatment.