“Ouch! My tooth!” Sound familiar? When your tooth hurts, it can prevent you from eating, talking and performing your daily tasks because of the pain. But what do you do for a toothache? While some toothaches can be treated at home with simple at-home remedies, some might need the help of your dentist.
Home Relief of Toothaches
Simple toothaches can be relieved with at-home care. Start by rinsing your mouth to clear it of debris and other matter that might be irritating your tooth. However, avoid placing an aspirin between your tooth and gum to relieve pain. In doing so, the dissolving aspirin can harm your gum tissue. If you are unsure of what to do when you experience a toothache, contact your dentist for further information and tips.
A Broken Tooth
When a tooth is broken or displaced, don’t worry too much. If quick action is taken to care for your broken tooth, it should be easy to heal. If the tooth is knocked out, try to place the tooth back in its socket while waiting to see your dentist.
Next, rinse your mouth of any blood or other debris that might be in your mouth. It is also important to place a cold compress on the cheek near the injury for further relief from swelling and irritation. If you cannot place the tooth back in its socket, hold the dislocated tooth by the crown and place it in a container of warm milk, saline, or the person’s own saliva. Make sure to keep it in the solution until you arrive at the emergency room or dentist’s office.
A Fractured Tooth
When a tooth is fractured, rinse with warm water and apply a cold pack or compress to the cheek to prevent swelling and irritation. You may also use ibuprofen to help control the swelling. If it is a minor fracture, the tooth can be sanded or restored by our dentist if the pulp is not severely damaged. A fractured tooth needs prompt attention, so don’t wait before coming into our office for toothache care.
Contact our office to learn more about how our dentist can relieve toothache pain and mishaps. Remember to act quickly for the best care for your toothache.