ASAP! That’s when you want to be seen when you’re having a dental emergency, whether for toothache relief, a broken tooth, an abscess, or any number of dental disorders.
At Willowdaile Family Dentistry, we have limited appointment times every weekday morning for emergencies. Depending on your condition, we will do our best to see you the same day and get you out of pain!
When a toothache suddenly flares up, it can be one of the most distracting pains known to man. No one wants to suffer through it for long.
As Shakespeare wrote in Much Ado About Nothing:
“For there was never yet philosopher
that could endure the toothache patiently.”
- Broken tooth or missing filling
- Advanced tooth decay
- Infected or abscessed tooth
- Dry Socket (a painful condition after extraction)
- Need for a root canal
When a tooth’s nerve becomes inflamed due to decay, a sedative filling can be just the thing. A sedative filling contains a mild pain reliever along with zinc oxide, which has disinfecting properties.
Sedative fillings are only temporary but they alleviate the emergency and provide the protection and relief that you need. Then once the inflammation has calmed, the affected tooth can be addressed with the appropriate dental care.
Some simple and effective actions include:
- Rinse your mouth with warm salt water.
- Don’t apply aspirin to the area, as aspirin may damage your gums.
- Cap a lost filling with temporary filling material (available at your local drug store) until you can reach a dentist
- Gently apply gauze to stop any bleeding. Make sure the gauze is moist before removing or it can disrupt the clot and initiate bleeding again.
- Apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth to reduce swelling and pain.
- If your tooth has been knocked out, rinse it gently in cold water, call your dentist immediately and follow your dentist’s instructions. The best chance of successfully saving the tooth is to be seen within 1 hour. Keep it in your mouth (best) or milk to keep it hydrated and alive until seen.
- For pain, take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as Tylenol, Alieve or Advil. Do not exceed recommended doses! Alternating Alieve and Tylenol every other at recommended doses has been proven to control dental pain better than narcotics!
- Never use a pin or sharp object to remove items caught between your teeth. Tie a knot in floss and gently floss the knot through the teeth. The knot will catch what is caught between the teeth and pull it out.
- Swab the sensitive area with clove oil (also available at your local drug store).
- Please do not delay treatment. If you wait until your face or throat is swollen and or warm on either side, it may be best to go to the emergency room. You may require IV antibiotics and your infection could be life threatening.