Pain, swelling, even fevers: toothaches are almost impossible to ignore, and for good reason. They are a sign that something is wrong with your teeth or gums. It could be tooth decay; an abscess or infection; a fractured tooth; or damage to previous dental work.
Whatever the cause, you must get it seen to by a dentist as soon as possible, not only to ease your pain, but also to find out what has caused it, and prevent it from getting any worse.
Until You Can Get Here
Once you have called us to make an appointment, you need to deal with your immediate pain and take care of your mouth.
In addition to your usual painkillers, you can also use an ice pack. Wrap an ice cube in plastic, then in a thin cloth, and either apply it directly to the tooth or hold it against the outside of your cheek near the affected area.
Many people also use clove oil as an anesthetic, but this must be used with care. Try two drops of oil on a cotton ball and place it next to the affected tooth to numb the pain.
If you are experiencing swelling, use a mouthwash made from one teaspoon of salt in one cup of boiling water, and use once only warm. Be careful not to burn yourself, do not swallow the salt water, and never use this remedy for children.
It is important to keep your mouth and teeth clean, particularly if you are not able to get an appointment on the same day you begin experiencing pain. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles so that you can continue to brush your teeth as normal while minimizing pain.
It's possible to manage your pain at home safely while you wait to see your dentist - but don't wait too long.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (971) 708-1608 today.