Got An Emergency Dental Problem? Tips For Temporary Relief Before You Get To The Dentist
If you have a dental emergency, you can visit an emergency dentist to help you. There are things you can do at home, however, to provide you with some relief until you can see your dentist. Below are two problems you may have so you will know what to do.
A sudden toothache can become extremely painful very quickly. In many cases the longer you have the toothache the more pain you will have. The causes of a toothache like this could be due to many things, such as a dental cavity or infected tooth.
Take an over-the-counter pain medication for some relief. These medications have anti-inflammatory agents that will reduce inflammation in your tooth and gums.
You can also rinse your mouth with saltwater. Salt works well because it kills bacteria in your mouth, including the bacteria around an infected tooth. Clove oil can be used. Clove has a chemical in it known as eugenol. This chemical will numb the nerves in your tooth for a short period of time.
When you arrive at the dentist, they will do a visual inspection and will likely do x-rays to determine why you are having a toothache. If it is a cavity, this can easily be repaired. If the tooth is infected, the dentist will prescribe antibiotics first, and when the infection is gone, they will repair the tooth.
If you break a tooth, this can also be extremely painful. This is because the nerves are exposed to air. You can help your emergency dentist by covering the tooth to prevent further breakage. One thing that works well for this is sugar free gum. The gum sticks well to the tooth so you don't have to worry about it coming off. Just be careful not to chew on the side of your mouth with the broken tooth.
When you arrive at the emergency dentist, they may be able to repair the tooth. There is a higher chance that they can do this if you save the piece of tooth that broke off. If you do not have this broken part, the dentist can put a crown over your tooth. If the tooth was broken deeply, the dentist will likely suggest a root canal before they place the crown on your tooth.
Talk to your dentist about this information today, and they can give you many more details about dental emergencies.