What Is A Dental Emergency?
Dental emergencies usually present without warning, and can encompass a wide range of symptoms including
- Unbearable, intense pain
- Bleeding or trauma to the mouth
- A knocked out tooth
Temporary Pain Relief
Please note that tooth pain is an indication that you have an underlying problem that needs to be resolved by your dentist. All of the remedies listed below are meant to be considered temporary solutions, until you can visit your dentist. If you believe you are experiencing a dental emergency it is essential that you get help as soon as possible. Please contact our practice for an appointment:
If you need emergency toothache relief these tips can help you:
If throbbing gums and excruciating tooth pain wake you in the middle of the night, you can try over-the-counter pain medication as long as you stay within the recommended dosage and don to exceed it.
Rinse with salt water
Sometimes a rinse with salt water can clean out the site of the pain and removing the debris may bring welcome relief. The salt may also help with managing mild inflammation.
If you have more severe swelling accompanying your tooth pain, a cold compress held to the outside of your face.
It can assist with toothache relief as it can reduce swelling and fluid retention.
Clove oil has proven to be a highly effective pain and inflammation management agent for toothache relief when applied topically to the site of the pain. Clove oil is an analgesic, which means it numbs the area it is applied to. You can make use of clove oil, whole clove or clove paste, which you can make by grinding cloves up.
Clove is generally not recommended for children in case they swallow it.
Propping your head up on a few pillows can also help with managing inflammation as it prevents the blood from collecting in your head, which can exacerbate pain.
Dealing With A Knocked-Out Tooth
In the event that a tooth is knocked out, it is a dental emergency but it is possible to save the tooth if you act quickly and get to the dentist, with the tooth as soon as possible. Try not to touch the tooth roots and keep the tooth moist, either by placing it in a container of milk, or holding it inside your cheek.
Why Tooth Pain Must Be Addressed As Soon As Possible
In most cases toothache is an indication of dental decay, which should be addressed by your dentist as soon as possible. Dental pain can also indicate other problems such as a dental abscess, a lost filling, gum disease, or a problem like teeth grinding.
If you need assistance with emergency toothache relief please contact us as soon as possible: (07) 3185 2387.