Toothache Treatment

Dental pain is severe and serious symptom and should not be ignored.

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Dental infections are fast, aggressive and can involve vital areas of the jaws, face and neck. If not treated immediately, toothaches can develop into complicated dental infections.

Treatment:

When the symptoms of a toothache arise it is best to contact our office for an “emergency appointment” that day. You will be scheduled to be seen that day. When seen a radiograph will be taken and the Doctor will present you with pain free, affordable treatment options. If you decide to “save your tooth” with Root Canal Therapy, you will begin the pulpal debridement and disinfection of the tooth and surrounding tissues. This visit will be short and relieving. Follow up appointments to asses healing and complete the root canal treatment will be scheduled. Appropriate pain medications and antibiotics will be prescribed for your comfort and health.

You may be advised that the tooth is not restorable or necessary (i.e. wisdom tooth). In that case a dental extraction (pulling) may be indicated under local anesthesia with soothing nitrous oxide sedation. Follow up to ensure proper healing and comprehensive care will be scheduled. Again, appropriate pain medications and antibiotics will be prescribed for you comfort and health.

When a tooth is knocked out:

  • Immediately call your dentist for an emergency appointment.
  • Handle the tooth by the crown, not the root. Touching the root (the part of the tooth below the gum) can damage cells necessary for bone re-attachment.
  • Gently rinse the tooth in water to remove dirt. Do not scrub.
  • Place the clean tooth in your mouth between the cheek and gum to keep it moist. It is important not to let the tooth dry out.
  • If it is not possible to store the tooth in the mouth of the injured person, wrap the tooth in a clean cloth or gauze and immerse in milk.

When a tooth is pushed out of position:

  • Attempt to reposition the tooth to its normal alignment using very light finger pressure, but do not force the tooth.
  • Bite down to keep the tooth from moving.
  • The dentist may splint the tooth in place to the two healthy teeth next to the loose tooth.

When a tooth is fractured:

  • Rinse mouth with warm water.
  • Use an ice pack or cold compress to reduce swelling.
  • Use ibuprofen, not aspirin, for pain.
  • Immediately get to your dentist, who will determine treatment based on how badly the tooth is broken. Only a dentist can tell how bad the break is.
  • Minor fracture: Minor fractures can be smoothed by your dentist with a sandpaper disc or simply left alone. Another option is to restore the tooth with a composite restoration. In either case, treat the tooth with care for several days.
  • Moderate fracture: Moderate fractures include damage to the enamel, dentin and/or pulp. If the pulp is not permanently damaged, the tooth may be restored with a full permanent crown. If pupal damage does occur, further dental treatment will be required.
  • Severe fracture: Severe fractures often mean a traumatized tooth with slim chance of recovery.

When tissue is injured:

Injuries to the inside of the mouth include tears, puncture wounds and lacerations to the cheek, lips or tongue. The wound should be cleaned right away with warm water, and the injured person taken to a hospital emergency room for the necessary care. Bleeding from a tongue laceration can be reduced by pulling the tongue forward and using gauze to place pressure on the wound.

What can I do to be prepared?

Pack an emergency dental care kit, including:

  • Dentist’s phone numbers (home and office)
  • Saline solution
  • Handkerchief
  • Gauze
  • Small container with lid
  • Ibuprofen (Not aspirin. Aspirin is an anti-coagulant, which may cause excessive bleeding in a dental emergency.)

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